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Gifts of Magi and Christmas Memory tell touching stories
Nick Arapoglou and Caroline Freedlund portray a couple in “Gifts of the Magi” playing at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta.

Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta continues its “Season of Compassion” with the uplifting musical “The Gifts of the Magi” and storytelling event “A Christmas Memory,” which explores the compassion needed and realized when people really love each other and can triumphantly navigate adversity.

In the “Magi” story, young penniless lovers Jim and Della are facing bleak prospects. But each valiantly struggles to find the perfect gift for the other.

At the same time, forgotten man Soapy comically attempts to get thrown in jail for a free meal and place to sleep. And news vendor Willy warmly guides the way with wise counsel and soaring melodies.

In “Memory,” Alabama native Tom Key narrates the semi-autobiographical tale of 7-year-old Alabama boy, Buddy, and his unique friendship with his elderly eccentric cousin, like “a lost pair of kites hurrying toward heaven.” 

“Magi” performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, Dec. 21.

“Memory” performance will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23.

Tickets range from $20-$50.

Both shows last about 90 minutes and will be at Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta.

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