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Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical a Decidedly Adult Take on the Season

If it worked once, bring it back and slap some tinsel on it. That may have been the thinking behind David Nehls’ and Betsy Kelso’s decision to revisit the tenants of Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s “premier mobile living community,” but good thinking it was.

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A Civil War Christmas Avoids Sentimental Take on Era

It’s a lot to pack in, and thanks to double (and triple and quadruple) casting, can be a bit disorienting at first. There’s so much going on that the show threatens to buckle from its own weight every now and then. But as the actors settle into their main roles and the central plots emerge, the show finds a comfortable rhythm.

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Art of the Slow Burn: Kitchen Dog Theater’s The Arsonists

Director Tim Johnson and music director Jon Schweikhard dial up the odd, both in action and song. Calling to mind the Brechtian elements of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, Schweikhard has composed a cacophonous score that is more musing than melodic.

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DTC’s Miss Daisy Veers into Fresh New Territory

From her determined, straight-backed gait in 1948, when she argues with her son Boolie (James Crawford) that it was the car’s fault it crashed and not hers, to the uncertain, timid steps she takes in the early 1970s when her health is rapidly failing, Jefferies takes us through the ups and downs of Daisy’s life with her body as well as with her clipped speech.

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