Garrett Harris 9:48 p.m., May 23
Christmas on My Mind
Manny has a great log cabin up in the mountains. Now the Sequoia tree that fell nearby, on December 23, could have simply happened, right? Or...did Manny work some magic that stranded 11 emotionally-stranded people for the holiday? Could Manny be the "O Come, Emanuel" of the 12th century lyric? After all, the group bonds and sings spirited music (either written or beatifully arranged by the cast members at Lamb's Players) as if they've rehearsed it for years. Kerry Meads' subtle script and Leonard Patton's knowing smile as Manny hint at, if not the possibility, at least an intriguing similarity. The ensemble has no slouches. And, because they play so many instruments, constitute quite a back-up band.
Worth a try.