How did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

How did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

The Hayfoot and I are having a cup of coffee in front of our tree. We just got back from a showing of A Civil War Christmas at the New York Theatre Workshop in the East Village. The lateness of the hour prevents me from giving a full review here and now, but suffice it to say that we enjoyed it very much. The musical focuses on events in and around Washington, DC on Christmas Eve 1864. It covers multiple perspectives, including Lee, Grant, the Lincolns, Elizabeth Keckley, John Wilkes Booth, Walt Whitman, and many otherwise regular folk who were observing their fourth Christmas of war. The production has been around for several years and is something one should keep an eye out for in future holiday seasons. I read about it coming to New York way back in June and marked it on the calendar thinking how far into the future December would be. We got a kick out of seeing a high school contingent of approximately fifty students there to see the play. At first we thought they might make noise and disrupt the action, but when the curtain went up they watched and listened attentively. I like to think it will be one of those sesquicentennial events at least some of them will look back on years, even decades, from now. As a cohort, today’s high schoolers will be around for the bicentennial. The play captivated the entire audience for its entire 2 1/2 hours. Try to catch this one if you can.