Arts preview: Coney Island Christmas at the JCC

Jim Fischer

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies ("Dinner With Friends") weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal offering.

A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, "Coney Island Christmas" follows Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents' exasperation) is cast as Jesus in her school's Christmas pageant.

The story unfolds in flashback fashion, as Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter.

Margulies' play is based on Grace Paley's story "The Loudest Voice."

April Olt and Sonda Staley direct for Gallery Players, in its 67th season.

Understated, poignant and heartwarming, "Coney Island Christmas" also offers up heaps of holiday comedy. The play captures a timeless and universal tale of the Jewish immigrant experience during the holidays.

JCC of Greater Columbus

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20

1125 College Ave., Bexley