Good Germanic cheer and plenty of laughs at this year’s Christmas Revels in the Rialto Theater, Tacoma
If you’re looking for merry this Christmas, look no further than the Christmas Revels. The annual show which opened at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater this afternoon was the usual melting pot of folk song, carol, music, dance and foolery, but this year’s production was spiced up by some hilarious German-themed comedy and exquisite polyphonic singing to boot.
Set in 19th-century Bavaria this year, the show was a balanced combination of esoteric folk traditions and comforting familiar customs. Ranging from bizarre masks and thigh-slapping Schuhplattler dancing to tunes like “Silent Night” and “O Tannenbaum,” this year’s Revels also made good use of the German version of Santa, Sankt Nikolaus, to add a little more plot than usually happens at Revels shows.
White-haired and calm, Sankt Nik (a rather tongue-in-cheek Clark Maffitt) hooked the show around his search for a missing Christmas tree, a tradition started in Germany. Accompanied by his grimacing, grunting sidekick Ruprecht (a very funny Tony Curry, channeling a Cirque du Soleil clown) Sankt Nik also raised some laughs with the audience participation gags, looking as resplendent as a bishop-saint should. Read more »