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Local players: "Pippin"

Posted by Robin Abrahams  December 21, 2012 01:03 PM

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Miss Conduct is a big fan of experiential gifts, especially those that can be shared -- taking a friend or family member to dinner, a whale-watching cruise, a Sox game, a concert instead of giving them yet more stuff. 

The American Repertory Theater's production of "Pippin" is about as perfect a winter solstice gift as you will ever find. Go, and take a friend. Or give a friend tickets. 

It's one of the most gorgeous productions I've ever seen, with an acrobatic troupe that rivals Cirque du Soliel. The sound is perfect, which is almost unheard-of in musical theater. And the story -- well, I saw it last Saturday, and this is what I wrote: 

It's a show about growing up. Which the Newtown kids will never get to do. They'll never fall in love with magic shows and then be disillusioned. They didn't live long enough to be embarrassed by their parents, let alone to coming around again and learning to appreciate them. And it's a show about what it means to be a man. Do you go out in a blaze of glory, or do you learn to love?

If you are struggling this season, because of events in the world or events in your own life, and you'd like to hurt and heal a bit through a show that will squeeze your heart up through your throat, go see "Pippin." It helped.  


"Think about your life, Pippin

Days are tame and nights the same

Now think about the beauty in one perfect flame ..."

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