All Is Calm

When: Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

Peter Rothstein's All Is Calm is perhaps the best Christmas entertainment ever conceived, bar none. There is no nostalgia nor false sentiment in this a capella musical about one of the spontaneous truces that broke across the front lines of World War I. Instead there is a sense of slowly dawning terror as the combatants on both sides realize the war they thought would be over before Christmas turns into a long, nightmarish slog into death. And then on Christmas Eve, they decide to lay down their arms and embrace each other — they chose amity over enmity, and just like that the war stopped ... for the moment. This will be the fourth and final time Mustard Seed Theatre performs All Is Calm, so do not miss it. There are a few new song arrangements and dialogue, and the cast is slightly different, but the heart of the show remains true. All Is Calm is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (November 11 to December 4) in the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; Tickets are $30 to $35.

Paul Friswold

Price: $30-$35