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click to enlarge Moira Hughes and Michael Denini

Moira Hughes and Michael Denini

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Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2017
Price: $20, $10 children 12 and younger
Using the script for a 1948 broadcast of Lux Radio Theatre’s adaptation of the popular 1947 movie, director Kayla Adams and her ensemble have crafted a production that captures the old film's sweetness without slipping too often into its saccharine excesses. Truly, this is one of the shallowest of holiday favorites, lacking even the toothless social commentary of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life and instead urging blind faith in the existence of . . . Santa Claus. Still, it is entertaining. The production captures the hysteria of a live broadcast, and the performances are crisp and sharp. —Jack Helbig

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