The Gifts of the Magi
THE STORY: It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. In addition to their story there are glimpses of various city folk (played by the same two performers) going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all gracefully enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy-narrator, Willy, who adds his own melodious contribution and informative observations to the delightful proceedings.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
BE-BUM BE-BUM BUM BE-BUM BUM LUCK BLOOD TURNS BLUE BUM BE-BUM BE-BUM BUM BUM BE-BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM LUCK BUM BUY MY DREAM chair clerk CLOCK CHIME coin curtain DARKER THAN BLACK DECK THE HALLS Delia move DOLLAR NINETY-SEVEN DON'T THINK TWICE dressed exits through audience eyes freeze garbage GIFT OF CHRISTMAS GIVE GLORIA GREED HEAR HEART HIP HIP HOORAY HOLIDAY Jim and Delia JIM and SOAPY Jim crosses Jim Dillingham Jim exits Jim's JINGLE BELLS Lights look LOVE LUCK BUM BUM LUCK JIM MAGI MARK ST Merry Christmas MORNING newspaper NIGHT off-stage onstage park bench Pause penny piace pocket policeman pulls restaurant RIGHT sing sits SMILE snow Soapy and Jim Soapy Smith Soapy's Song speaks stops Takes THERE'S THEYD thing THREE WISE KINGS tree umbrella WAIT walk Willy crosses Willy moves Willy Porter YES IT MEANS