Sanders Family Christmas | Provision Theater Company | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

Sanders Family Christmas The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23 2010

This holiday sequel to Smoke on the Mountain revels in old-fashioned, downhome sentiment. Performing on the first Christmas Eve after Pearl Harbor, the title family regale the congregation of a North Carolina Baptist church (us) with affecting confessionals, heartfelt sermonettes, seasonal anecdotes, and a well-chosen slew of country carols, sing-along favorites, and lesser-known Yuletide gems--all to the accompaniment of fiddles, a piano, a double bass, and clapping hands. Tim Gregory's eight-person cast--featuring the always irresistible Susan Moniz--never condescend. The charm is never forced and the nostalgia never cloys. Above all, the show's vision of simple folks stepping up to fight Hitler and cherish Christmas suggests the promise of decency, not just a fond remembrance. --Lawrence Bommer

Price: $25-$28