Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Wilder Xmas comes to Sutter Street, Folsom

Photo courtesy Allen Schmeltz Productions

Fans of the Sutter Street Theatre (formerly Stage 9 Theatre-Garbeau’s), usually regard afternoon shows on Saturday and Sunday as children’s theater. Not so with “A Laura IngallsWilder Christmas,” which played there to a packed house, mostly adults, last Saturday. Playwright Laurie Brooks’ imaginative speculation about missing years in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, prolific and popular writer for children during the nineteenth century, not only entertains kids but casts a sensitive and instructive light on and values of that long-ago era in American history, when brave easterners dared to cross the plains in covered wagons.

Barring a last-minute extension, the play is scheduled to close on December 28. Those who pass it up will miss a rare experience of what must have been a heroic chapter in our country’s experience. For a review and more details, go to www.villagelife.com/story.php?id=692.0&pt=photo

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