Saturday December 8, 2012 / 8:00pmThe Gifts of the Magi
How was your experience?
We were very disappointed. This struck us as a very poor adaptation of a much beloved story. It lacked warmth and passion. The minimalist set was so minimalist that the snow anticipated by the characters finally fell at the end of the show, but only in the mind's eye. In one of the sweeter parts of the story, the couple decorates a mere twig for a Christmas tree. But, alas the tree was shoved aside and did not return for the climactic scene in which the lovers exchange their ill-fated gifts. Minimalist sets are fine when you have a strong story and don't want the set to become a distraction. But in this show, the minimalist set did become a distraction because it was so poorly done. Whatever drama and passion were mustered by the loving sacrifices the couple made to each other was cut to the quick by a sorry song with lyrics rhyming Siam and I am. The background story of the bum, based on another O. Henry story was very well acted, but seemed totally out of proportion given the title of the play. Too little attention was given to the couple and the difficult decision to sacrifice their most beloved personal possession in order to buy their spouse a Christmas present, which is, after all, the crux of The Gift of the Magi. Music was not memorable, but the percussionist was truly outstanding