A Rubicon Family Christmas
Though Andy Williams and his fancy sweaters are nowhere to be seen, the Rubicon company misses little else this corny Christmas delight. Not a word of spoken dialogue or patter interrupts the flow of holiday music beautifully sung by seasoned professionals Joan Almedilla, Dina Bennett, Teri Bibb, Trey Ellet, Anthony Manough and Brian Sutherland, joined by a chorus a talented children. The first half is pure secular Americana, from a Drifters version of White Christmas to A Judy Garland-worthy Have Yourself a Merry Little... to a goofy medley of Santa, Frost and Rudolph. Act 2 moves into some sacred and some emotional numbers, most beautiful being Ellets rendition of Joni Mitchells River and Bibbs astounding soprano voicing of Oh, Holy Night! Musical Director Gerald Sternbach and his small combo never miss a beat or note, bringing musical bliss. Brian McDonalds Currier and Ives-inspired set, perfectly illuminated by Jeremy Pivnicks lighting, arouse joy to this world of Yuletide fantasy. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; through Dec. 27. (805) 667-2900.
Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Dec. 27, 2009
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