"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" (Provision Theatre): A Christmas Focused on Jesus and the Children...MIRACLE!

A scene from Provision Theater's "The Christman Miracle of Jonathan Toomey," adapted by Timothy Gregory and Michael Mahler. (photo credit: John Hockberger)

Christmas is the new offensive C-word.  To be politically correct, people say ‘happy holidays.’  They send holiday cards.  They host holiday parties.  Only in private circles in hushed tones, might I inquire casually, ‘do you celebrate Christmas?’  If the person nods affirmatively, I muster up a hurried whispered ‘Merry Christmas.’  Even on stage, The Nutcracker, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer skim the Christmas wrapping and never really identify the day’s original significance.  A Christmas Carol comes closest to being religiously offensive.  Bob Cratchit offers up Tiny Tim’s philosophy that it might be nice to remember who made the blind man see.  Of course, Bob never mentions J_ _ _ _ by name.  Where is the Christ in Christmas?  Well, for all those who love the baby Jesus, he’s been sighted on Roosevelt. It’s a Christmas miracle!  

Provision Theater Company presents an original holiday musical, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. A mother and her son move to a frontier town. They are starting over after the death of their husband/father. Life out west is an adjustment; , and the holidays are coming. To bring a little of their past to their present, Thomas wants to get the local woodcarver to make a nativity scene. But the craftsman nicknamed Gloomy Toomey isn’t interested in helping the newcomers. He wants seclusion. He wants to be left alone. He wants to skip Christmas. It’s going to take a miracle for Thomas to whittle away at Mr. Toomey’s resistance. The Christmas of Jonathan Toomey is an old-fashioned, tear-jerking Christmas charmer.   Check out the rest of review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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