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Gifts of the Magi, The Comedy/Satire; Drama View Details Compare
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It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. In addition to their story there are glimpses of various city folk (played by the same two performers) going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all gracefully enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy-narrator, Willy, who adds his own melodious contribution and informative observations to the delightful proceedings.

A heart-warming, captivating musical treat, drawn from two short stories by the immortal O. Henry. First presented by New York's Lamb's Theatre Company, the work is easy to stage, warmed by sentiment and humor, filled with lilting songs, and certain to please audiences of all ages. "…slick family entertainment…the show ticks along like clockwork…" —NY Times. "…crisp and entertaining…" —NY Daily News. "…a bright and beguiling musical…calculated to bring a laugh to the throat and a misty tear to the eye of theatregoers, young or old." —NY Tribune.   

Johnny Pye Drama View Details Compare
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Johnny is alone in the world when the Foolkiller, a Grim Reaper-type character, "collects" his father, Mr. Pye. Although the townspeople try to find someone to look after him, Johnny ends up running away, fleeing Martinsville and the Foolkiller, but not before he promises to write to his childhood sweetheart, Suzy. Johnny moves from career to career - from doctor to artist to preacher - before joining the army. Johnny continues to encounter the Foolkiller during his travels, and while fighting in World War II, the Foolkiller almost claims him. Instead, however, he leaves Johnny with a riddle, "How can a man be a human being and not a fool?" If Johnny can solve it, the Foolkiller will let him live forever. Johnny rises from his sick bed and hurries back to Martinsville just in time to prevent Suzy from marrying Wilbur Wilberforce, an old rival for Suzy's affections. Instead, Johnny and Suzy marry, and Wilbur is out of the picture. Life with Suzy is wonderful and they are raising a family, but Johnny puzzles over the Foolkiller's riddle. He is unable to come up with an answer, and, as time passes, must see the deaths of his oldest son and Suzy. Eventually in his old age Johnny becomes friends with Wilbur, who inadvertently provides him with a clue to the riddle Johnny has so long been trying to solve. When the Foolkiller comes for him, Johnny has the answer, but it provides him with little solace, and Johnny lets the Foolkiller take him, so that he can be reunited with his beloved Suzy.

A light-hearted tale about one man's life and his struggle to find his place in the world. It is a journey which takes him all over the world before he ends up right back where he started. "Mark St. Germain's graceful adaptation of a Stephen Vincent Benét story, with heartfelt music by Randy Courts (they collaborated on the lyrics), gives off the smooth glow of a sophisticated folk tale. It's a gentle, winning show." —Star-Ledger. "The new show has a heap of good things going for it, among them a knack for making coy, old-fashioned material seem fresh and winning." —NY Times.

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