All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 4, 2008.By John Townsend, Lavender Magazine.

Dec. 18-21 Pantages Theatre 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (612) 673-0404

If you caught the magnificent Joyeux Noel, which should have won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2006, you know about the 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I, when soldiers of the opposing Triple Entente and Central Powers broke ranks and celebrated. All that softening of male pride, ego, nationalism, and fear was staggeringly brave. Theatre Latte Da and the Cantus singers commemorate that spontaneous laying down of arms. Created by musical theater director Peter Rothstein, this piece is ideal for getting into true Christmas spirit.