Sunday, December 5, 2010
Looking at Christmas
As the two strangers, John (Michael Micalizzi) and Charmian (Allison Buck), meet in front of Bloomingdale's and decide to stroll down the streets of New York on Christmas Eve, they find themselves questioning their relationships, careers, directions, family and friends. After revealing a little something about themselves in front of each store window, the window then comes alive and adds a little commentary about what it just saw. This year, according to the paper Charmian is carrying, the general theme of the windows is Favorite Christmas Stories - Mrs. Claus and an Elf, Hans Christian Anderson's Little Match Girl, Scrooge and Tiny Tim, A Snowman and Snow Princess, and Jesus and Mary in the stables are among the stories represented in the windows. With a story and character-specific dash of whimsy, we find out a little something about what each window thinks - and at the same time the romance buds a little bit more.
It's no secret where the story is headed. And while the pace could be stepped up a bit (changing between the couple and the windows), the story still strikes a perfect holiday note. When you leave the theatre, you just might want to take your own stroll to see the windows for yourself. Who knows what they'll be saying when you walk away?