Boston Metro Spotlight: December 2007
Other alternative fare includes The Yamato Drummers of Japan shaking up the Cutler Majestic Theatre (December 1-2); Suffolk University's Office of Diversity Services observing World AIDS Day with Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Bill Russell's rarely performed portrait gallery with a blues/jazz/rock score by Janet Hood (December 3); and the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT-- a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Underground Railway Theater -- staging a reading of David Mamet's 1985 play The Water Engine: An American Fable (December 3-4).
Out in the suburbs, Christmas celebrations take many forms. Watertown's New Rep is repeating two winners from last year: a lavish production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (December 9-23), with Actors Shakespeare Project founder Ben Evett playing Bob Cratchit and his son, Spencer, chiming in as Tim (December 9-23), and, in the Downstage space, David Sedaris' piquant Santaland Diaries, starring Guy Olivieri, who appeared in the national tour of Rent and impressed in the Jonathan Larson role in New Rep's recent revival of tick, tick...BOOM!
Waltham's Reagle Players will mount the 25th silver anniversary version of It's Christmas Time (December 7-16), with Broadway's Sarah Pfisterer soloing amid a cast of hundreds (playing, variously, wooden soldiers, Raggedy Anns and Andys, dancing bears, bell ringers, and precision dancers). Worcester's Foothills Theatre is featuring A Christmas Story (December 1-23), adapted from the film based on writings by Jean Shepherd.