This is a nearly perfect show. It sets out to be a confection of light entertainment and achieves that goal in every way possible…. all the parts come together exactly as they were meant to, and thus we have a cube of sugar that is exquisite.
Bernard Pomerance’s script demonstrates the capacity for human dignity in the face of the most appalling odds, and focuses on Merrick’s years of redemption and self awareness. At the same time, seen through Merrick’s eyes, it is a wonderful send up of British pretensions, masculine posturing, and the medical community’s grandiosity.
A Christmas Memory, now something of a seasonal classic, started life as a Truman Capote short story of the same name published in Mademoiselle in 1956. It has since seen film and television adaptations and several staged musical productions, of which the current run, at the Irish Rep, is the latest.