A Kokandy Christmas Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23 2015

A sweet, lighthearted, but utterly unexceptional evening of Christmas songs and holiday reminiscences. The songs are performed with verve and gusto by an ensemble of five fine warblers backed by a three-person band (piano, bass, and percussion). But the selection of tunes is for the most part unsurprising ("Jingle Bells," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas")—even the arrangements meant to jazz up these old chestnuts are unsurprising—and the little holiday reminiscences delivered between each song are a constant reminder that the holidays are a time of tightly scripted rituals, secular and religious, and mandatory bonhomie and good cheer. The show runs about 70 minutes. —Jack Helbig

Price: $30

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