A Wilder Christmas
Midtown W
79

A Wilder Christmas NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(10 Reviews)
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90%
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Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the Show

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents a pair of one act plays by Thornton Wilder, 'The Long Christmas Dinner' and 'Pullman Car Hiawatha.'

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Enchanting, Original, Profound, Intelligent, Must see

See it if u want to see an expert prod. of TW's 'mundane to the cosmic' style of playwriting. It's thrilling, extraordinary and suddenly emotional.YES

Don't see it if Wilder looks sentimentality, bathos and the mawkish right in the eye, sand in my shoos cross the line. Makes your blood boil? Skip it.

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Absorbing, Masterful

See it if Classic American plays

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Critic Reviews (12)

December 3rd, 2015

"It is that balance—between emotional forthrightness and plain good old-fashioned invention—that makes Thornton Wilder’s beautiful short plays 'The Long Christmas Dinner' and 'Pullman Car Hiawatha' enduring works...There’s something free in Wilder’s depiction of how memory informs and misinforms the individual, how it binds and separates family in particular, and society in general."
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December 16th, 2015

"A flawlessly staged double bill of rarely seen one-act plays by Wilder...Despite their comparative obscurity, 'The Long Christmas Dinner' and 'Pullman Car Hiawatha' are miniature masterpieces, at once poetic and profound, and I doubt you’ll ever see either one done better."
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December 9th, 2015

"It is enjoyably erudite, its tone of classic melancholy is most appealing...under Dan Wackerman's direction, a fine cast, led by Michael Sean McGuinness' Stage Manager, brings Wilder's vision, an odd amalgam of sadness and joy, to life."
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December 9th, 2015

"Both plays are profound, breathtaking and bound to occupy your mind for days after you see them...While both plays are gorgeous and philosophically mesmerizing, they will not fill you with the warm and fuzzy holiday cheer that you get from watching 'It’s a Wonderful Life'...Maybe what we all need this Christmas is something a little more somber and introspective. You’ll find it in 'A Wilder Christmas.'"
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December 14th, 2015

"In walking into a night of Christmas one-acts, one might expect a familiar, uplifting experience. Seasonal stories about redemption, hope and triumph of spirit. But if the Peccadillo Theater Company’s presentation of 'A Wilder Christmas,' is uplifting, it’s only in an intangible, spiritual sense...there is a stillness to the production that creates an eerie voyeurism."
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December 28th, 2015

"First-rate production, with a uniformly spot-on cast...Despite the packaging, these are not Christmas plays in any traditional sense, and shouldn’t scare away those with a phobia towards that genre...Characters enter through the portal of life stage right and exit through the portal of death stage left, but, rather than gimmicky, this seems natural, albeit speeded up."
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December 8th, 2015

"The acting in 'Pullman Car Hiawatha' is smoothly effective...but it’s the way the gears mesh rather than any specific performance that keeps this train on track. Despite the evening’s title being wreathed in the holiday spirit, these plays are more contemplative than joyful, but they do offer as much rich food for thought as whatever you’ll be eating at Christmas dinner will for your stomach."
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December 10th, 2015

"Two - surely two of the most accomplished and enduring - are 'The Long Christmas Dinner' and 'Pullman Car Hiawatha,' which luckily for theatergoers are now the objects of fine revivals...Both plays are beauties and are acted accordingly by Wackerman's troupe. The pieces may not be performed as rarely as the Peccadillo info suggests, but they're the sorts of superior entries that never grow stale in the viewing."
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December 9th, 2015

"Well played by an excellent cast, and delicately pictured and paced, it uses few words to illustrate deep thought and emotion about life and death and the passage of time...Staged and played by Peccadillo’s polished cast and creative team with as much precision and sincerity as 'The Long Christmas Dinner,' 'Pullman' creates a strange comic-dramatic universe of its own...Together, the two one-acts make for an interesting and rewarding holiday-season evening of theater."
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December 13th, 2015

"The acting is enjoyable throughout. The actions of the characters, while sometimes seeming small, often reveal something much bigger when one looks at the entire picture... Far more than a simple holiday treat, 'A Wilder Christmas' shows the importance of appreciating both your life and the lives of those around you before they become little more than a mention in a long-neglected book."
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December 7th, 2015

"'The Long Christmas Dinner' and 'Pullman Car Hiawatha' are both scrumptious feasts and deserve to have two separate reviews as they are each drenched with so much flavor one needs many words to do justice to the creations...Dan Wackerman has directed both plays with a strong hand and skilled artistic vision. He manages to successfully create the worlds of each play and transports us magically into another time period."
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December 14th, 2015

"Visually, the production is topnotch…Director Dan Wackerman effectively blends the ethereal with the commonplace in 'Hiwatha.' He is less successful in 'The Long Christmas Dinner,' which, despite its title, feels a bit rushed. The actors nail the technical aspects, such as the period accents and the physicality of aging, but rarely get the opportunity to breathe within their roles."
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