dinner will wind to a close, you’ll nod into a cozy tryptophan
slumber, and when you wake, the Christmas season officially
will have begun. If clubbing someone’s grandmother over
the head for a Zhu Zhu Pet isn’t your idea of a delightful
holiday kickoff, Proctors is offering up a more tender,
but still chilling, Yuletide tradition: A Christmas Carol.
The folks at Nebraska Theatre Caravan have been performing
Charles Dickens’ sentimental Christmas ghost story on Thanksgiving
weekend for more than three decades, and this time, they’re
stopping in Schenectady on their national tour.
Think you already know the story back and forth? It doesn’t
matter. According to the Los Angeles Times, Nebraska
Theatre Caravan offer a rare production “that makes you
feel you’re seeing and hearing the story for the first time”
with “lavish sets and costumes and Broadway-spectacle designs.”
(Like what’s on display here.)
Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol comes
to Proctors (Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady) on Tuesday
(Nov. 30) for a family-friendly show at 7 PM. Tickets range
from $20 to $35. For more info, or to purchase tickets,
your holiday traditions skew more toward the dysfunctional
modern classic, A Christmas Story is probably the
show for you.
The 1983 movie based on Jean Shepherd’s book has spawned
a proliferation of pink bunny suits and tasseled leg lamps.
Folks who delight in the nostalgia, kitsch, memories and
familiar imperfection of little Ralphie Parker’s holiday
anecdotes tune in to 24-hour cable TV marathons, tour the
A Christmas Story house and gather at A Christmas
The cult hit has since been adapted into a Broadway musical
and a stage play, and this Christmas, Capital Repertory
Theatre is gifting audiences with a live performance of
the favorite tale. So zip up your bunny suit and strap on
your hunter’s cap. Just don’t shoot your eye out!
Christmas Story opens for preview at Capital Repertory
Theatre (111 S. Pearl St., Albany) at 8 PM on Friday (Nov.
26) with a special pay-what-you-will performance, and runs
through Jan. 2; the opening night performance will be on
Dec. 8 at 7:30 PM, and will feature pre-show entertainment
and a dessert and champagne reception following the performance.
Tickets range from $28 to $53. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, call 445-7469.
better way to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah than
with the world’s most famous (er, only) Hasidic reggae
Festival of Light brings Brooklyn’s Matisyahu to town on
a tour of the same name. It’s also a fitting showcase for
the singer-beatboxer’s latest material, released last year
as Light. By now the sheer novelty of Matisyahu’s
combined faith and musical style has pretty much worn off,
revealing an accomplished musician with considerable vocal
talent and a keen ear for pop songcraft. With versatile
instrumentalists Dub Trio behind him, he’s taken his sound
in an anthemic hip-hop direction, using the stage to spread
a message of cross- cultural peace.
Matisyahu and Dub Trio come to Northern Lights (1208 Route
146, Clifton Park) on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at 9 PM. Tickets
are $25. Call 371-0012 for more info.