Time to go ‘Home for the Holidays’ at Off Broadstreet | TheUnion.com

Time to go ‘Home for the Holidays’ at Off Broadstreet

Holiday cheer starts early this year with Off Broadstreet opening its play, “Home for the Holidays,” on Friday and continuing through Dec. 30.

“Home For The Holidays” finds three Armed Forces entertainers returning from Guam – where they performed “A Tribute to 60 Years of the USO” – stranded at the Red Moose Café in Sierra City (a real place) on Dec. 23 during the worst snow storm in 40 years.

In spite of their urgent wish to be with their families for the holidays, Ruby, the café’s owner, convinces them to help her stage the entertainment for the town’s annual potluck Christmas Eve party. With only one day to put the show together, her goal is to recreate those charming TV specials from the 1950s and ’60s, with lavish productions of holiday songs and “drop by” appearances by celebrities such as Elvis, Stevie Wonder, Madonna and others, singing some of the songs that made them famous.

While this is a comedy and it appears frothy on the surface, there’s a deeper message if you care to delve. Says John Driscoll, co-owner of Off Broadstreet and playwright, “What is appealing to most people about ‘going home for the holidays’ is the idea of a return to a simpler life in less trying times, when people seemed happier and got along better. The characters in this comedy are all trying to get somewhere else to be with their families or to run away from painful memories. But they are not going to make it. When the weather strands them in a little café in the woods, they learn that home is more than a time or a place, it’s a condition of the heart.”

While Ruby (Jan Kopp, the other half of the creative owners of this delightful dessert cabaret theater) serves pie “like the proverbial boatman of literature, she also conducts people along a journey they may not know they are taking, dispensing a little wisdom along the way.”

If you are a regular at Off Broadstreet you’ll recognize the cast, except that John Arbaugh, who normally does lights and sound, is stepping on stage to act this time. Katie Baker, of course, does the musical arrangements. And choreography is by George Jayne, owner of Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley.


WHAT: World premier of “Home For The Holidays,” a musical comedy

WHEN: Starting Friday, Oct. 27, the comedy will be at 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 30, with one Sunday matinee performance on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and two Thursday performances on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Off Broadstreet at 305 Commercial St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Tickets are $19 on Thursday and Sunday, $21 on Friday and $23 on Saturday, by credit card at 265-8686 or online at http://www.offbroadstreet.com.

INFORMATION: 265-8686 or http://www.offbroadstreet.com.

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