This play really is meant for people who love the movie, and want to see it come to life before them, so I'll skip the plot summary. You all know about Ralphie and his youthful troubles - being chased by bullies, the dangers of an Indiana winter, being constantly told "you'll shoot your eye you" when asking for the only thing he really wants, getting a C+ on an essay he slaved over for days. The play adds the voiceover narration as a character, a grown-up version of Ralphie telling the stories and wandering through the scenes. The play is quite faithful to the movie and includes all of the sweet and funny little stories about kiddom that we know and love from the movie. With one obvious exception - the final Christmas dinner scene at the Chinese restaurant is not seen, but told to the audience by the narrator. Seeing the family sitting around the table, laughing and being happy to be together despite the circumstances, is much more effective than someone telling us about it, which loses some of the heartwarming effect of the ending.
|the family kitchen (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
|it's a major award! (Clinton Kish-Bailey, Shana Eisenberg,|
and Bill Williamson, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
While I still love the movie, I forget how dated it is. It's a little harder to laugh at kids getting bullied today when we know the short and long term effects of bullying. And things like the strictly defined gender roles, lack of diversity in the characters (and the cast), and the idea of children playing with guns make the story feel quite dated and a bit uncomfortable at times. A Christmas Story is about nostalgia for our youth when times were simpler, when all we had to worry about were completing that essay for school and what we got for Christmas, even if through out child's perspective we couldn't see that those times weren't so great for a lot of people.
|the iconic moment (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
|cast and bloggers gather in the festive lobby for Christmas cocktails|
(photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
|touring the set (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
|chatting with the cast on set (Shana Eisenberg,|
Bill Williamson, Nick Menzhuber, and Gina Sauer)
|the detailed kitchen|
|looking up to Ralphie's room|
|the giant Santa slide|
|peeking through the window into Ralphie's house|
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