Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Christmas Revels, in Celebration of the Winter Solstice"

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"THE CHRISTMAS REVELS, IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE "

directed by Patrick Swanson
musical direction by George Emlen

with:

David Coffin
Debra Wise
Petar Petrov
The Survachka Children
The Koledari Chorus
Libana
Mladost Folk Dance Ensemble
The Village Band
The Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
The Kukeri Mummers
Pinewoods Morris Men
The Lord of the Dance

Revelís 37th annual production of THE CHRISTMAS REVELS IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE transports its audience to the Balkans to usher in the holidays with the regionís traditional singing, dancing and folklore. My thoughts from last yearís German offering ring just as true, here: ďif there is a lesson being taught, here, it would be that the community that celebrates together is a strong, unshakeable one --- a far cry from todayís global village which shrinks even further with each new piece of technology but whose social skills (and heart) become more and more fragmented.Ē My one reservation echoes last yearís, as well --- that the evening is too rich, too stuffed with its numerous turns --- but Revelís communal spirit remains infectious, none the less, and Ďtis always rewarding to see Debra Wise in anything, even if her current narrator-hostess pales besides her marvelously grotesque Knecht Ruprecht, last December.

"The Christmas Revels, in Celebration of the Winter Solstice" (14 - 30 December)
REVELS, INC.
Sanders Theatre in Harvardís Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, CAMBRIDGE, MA
1 (617) 496-2222

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