Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Pages 17-19.
A Christmas Story: You won’t shoot your eye out with Good Company Players’ warm and invigorating musical version of the cult-classic movie. But you might hurt yourself laughing, especially if you’re a fan of the film. The nostalgic story of a plucky Midwestern boy who wants a new BB gun for Christmas is directed with emotional and logistical finesse by Emily Pessano and Robert Sanchez, who find clever ways to stage such iconic moments as the tongue-on-the-flagpole scene and sitting on Santa’s lap. The songs, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are sweet, and while the choreography on opening night was a little ragged, the show should settle into a crowd-pleasing run. Through Jan. 10.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Moonlight and Magnolias: The “mostly-true story” about rewriting the screenplay of “Gone With the Wind” in five hilarious days begins its run at the 2nd Space Theatre. (Opens Saturday, Jan. 2)