The holidays hit some of us like a ton of bricks because, like all anniversaries, they are signposts on life's road and often reminders of what we have lost or what has changed. Penumbra's Black Nativity portrays a family feeling the sting of losing a loved one at Christmastime, and it does so with compassion, soul, and an undeniable sensation of uplift. It features a unique blend of seasonal songs with jazz and gospel and makes for a live viewing experience that holds water on its own merits while lending a truly spiritual, nourishing, and cleansing tone. Black Nativity leaves you feeling more alive, even with the knowledge that pain and loss are part of the ride.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 28. Continues through Dec. 28, 2008