Reviews are by Donald Munro; NR = not reviewed. For performance information, see calendar listings on Page 19.
Moonlight and Magnolias: The “mostly true story” about rewriting the screenplay of “Gone With the Wind” in five hilarious days begins its Good Company Players run at the 2nd Space Theatre. (Opens Saturday, Jan. 2)
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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
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: Playhouse Merced presents the sturdy musical about your favorite Peanuts characters. (Opens Friday, Jan. 8)