Nashville Rep's 'A Christmas Story' Makes Holiday Complete
Tennessean Review of Nashville Rep's 'A Christmas Story'
Samuel Whited, after all these years, considers the “pink bunny suit of humility” a comfort and a privilege — and Nashville audiences are all the better for it.
Once again, the veteran actor takes on the role of Ralphie in Nashville Repertory Theatre’s returning production of “A Christmas Story,” the enduring favorite about a boy who wants nothing more than the “legendary official Red Ryder 200 shot carbine action range-model air rifle.” (Well, that and perhaps to escape that bunny suit sent by a distant relative for Christmas.)
Based on Jean Shepherd’s memoirs about growing up in the 1940s — and the cult classic movie that followed — the Rep’s production features David Compton, Geoff Davin, Jamie Farmer, Andrew Kanies, Peter Vann and David Wilkerson in addition to Whited.
It runs Saturday through Dec. 22 with two preview performances at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday. After that, shows are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, in addition to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
Cast meet-and-greets follow Friday and Saturday evening performances. The show takes place at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St.
Tickets start at $42.50 for adults and $11.50 for students with valid ID; some restrictions apply. Discounts are available for preview performances.
Details: nashvillerep.org or 615-782-4040.
Fiona Soltes, for The Tennessean
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Play Synopsis: Nashville’s Newest Holiday Tradition! Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his unflappable campaign to get Santa (or anyone else) to give him a “legendary official Red Rider carbine-action 200 shot range-model air rifle.” Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” This irresistible piece of Americana is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
Rated: Family Appropriate Visit http://nashvillerep.org/a-christmas-story to get your tickets today and spread the holiday cheer. Or call the TPAC box office at (615) 782-4040