Wednesday, November 18, 2015

review - MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - Desert Stages Theatre

Josephine Raia and Dan Ashlock
photo by Heather Butcher
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through January 10th.

 "Valentine Davies won an Academy Award for coming up with the original story for the 1947 classic film Miracle on 34th Street. This heartwarming holiday story, which pits a man who believes he is Santa Claus against a cynical mother and her daughter, has been adapted into a theatrical version which also features the familiar, feel-good themes of the movie. Desert Stages Theatre presents a fine production of Davies' familiar tale that includes a delightful performance by Dan Ashlock as Kris Kringle....Director Virginia Olivieri gets effective, heartfelt performances from her cast who are up to the challenge of bringing this well-known story to life. Dan Ashlock is simply lovely as Kris. He is charismatic and genuine, with the appropriate twinkle in his eye that makes you believe he is the real Santa. Kellie Dunlap and Keaton Honaker are Doris and Fred. They make a cute, realistic couple, with Honaker especially charming and good in the courtroom scenes. ......Since the film is so well known, the play version of Miracle on 34th Street may be an unoriginal way to spend the holidays, especially since the theatrical version doesn't add much to the original film plot. However, the charming story, likable characters, and heartwarming themes are still meaningful. Even if you know the film plot twists by heart, with good performances from the leads, including a touching turn by Dan Ashlock as Kris Kringle, and firm direction, you will most likely have an enjoyable time seeing the this version. Don't be surprised if you find yourself holding back tears as well."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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