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A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa
Theater for the New City (Cabaret Space)
New York, NY
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A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa
For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre performs "A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa."  Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, this toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with Old World accents, New World inclusiveness and holiday songs.  Into the familiar story are woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals and customs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys.

Vit Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: Czech, English, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish & Swahili songs are performed by an "a capella monumentale" choir of Katarina Vizina (a transplant from Slovakia) and Valois Mickens (West African/Celtic/Native American origin).

The scenic design uses elements of a made-in-Prague 1920s toy marionette theater donated recently by Madeleine Albright and an identical set that Vit Horejs and his mother played with in their childhoods.

"[a] delightful holiday hodgepodge that still hews closely to Dickens's tale and also has contemporary humor." --Laurel Graeber, New York Times "exactly what an audience would want from a holiday show. It tells a familiar tale with an added twist, it reminds us about the spirit of the season, and it puts a smile on the face of even the scroogiest of spectators.  -- Kelly Aliano, New York Theatre Wire.

"a refreshing theatrical oasis in the holiday desert of over-ripe TV films, large Broadway musicals and the Radio City Christmas Show" -- Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene.com


Theater for the New City (Cabaret Space) (View)
155 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual
Other > Holiday

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


On BPT Since: Jun 14, 2019
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