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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical

When: Nov. 29-Dec. 4 2016

Not to be a huge downer, but it's a little startling, when I think about it, how many of my childhood holiday memories revolve around televisual entertainment. But I guess that was suburban American life in the late-twentieth century, when we communed around one large, glowing box instead of lots of small, private ones. Every December it was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rankin-Bass stop-motion pictures, in the theaters or on VHS tapes, accumulating their freight of fondness year on year, never changing as life moved on. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is at the pinnacle of the pantheon, and if you want to really feel like a kid again, there's a way to restore novelty to the nostalgia of the Dr. Seuss picture book and cartoon (let us pass over Jim Carrey in solemn silence). Though this musical adaptation has been sleighing around big cities and Broadway since 1994, it's been touring nationally only since 2010. Catch it at DPAC next week to pump some fresh NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! into your family tradition, and give your kids something to fondly remember when they take their offspring to see it in virtual reality. —Brian Howe

Price: $40-$180

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