A simple story of a couple shopping for Christmas presents is the framework upon which is hung a delicious array of Christmas songs and other classics. Taylor and Michael have nearly completed their shopping, loaded down with bags and packages, when they discover they can't find their car keys. Michael calls his sisters Thomasina and Jamecia (a clever nod to #TCTheater artists Petrus and Bennett, the former a part of the original production, the latter currently performing as Mrs. Potts at the Ordway). While they wait for "Mecie" to arrive, they talk about all sorts of things, including their plans to spend their first Christmas together, the only trouble is - with whose family? The other bit of tension is that Taylor is hoping that Michael will propose after three years of dating (here's an idea: ask him, or have a conversation about it, instead of moping around and giving him all the power to ask or not). Throughout the discussion, they sing songs to each other, or with each other, or alone while the other one wanders off. But of course, like a good Hallmark movie, Taylor and Michael get their happy ending just before their ride shows up.
|street performer Jason Ballweber watching|
the happy couple (Jennifer Grimm and Julius Collins)
(photo by Tom Wallace)
The charming set (designed by Justin Hooper) includes a backdrop of a sparkling cityscape on a snowy night, and a multi-level gazebo, like one you might find in a city park or shopping district. And the lighting (designed by Tony Stoeri) provides a cozy winter feel. The cast is dressed in stylish winter wear, except for the street performer, who is wearing the gaudiest Christmas sweater and scarf imaginable (costume design by Edward Summers).
At about 80 minutes, Holidate is a short and sweet option this busy #TCTheater holiday season, with a simple and charming story, and fantastic musical performances. The show continue Wednesdays through Sundays until December 30 (click here for info and tickets).