Though two of the convicts were convicted of murder and the other of swindling, there is something very likable about them. They are down to earth, have accepted their plight with a wry sense of humor and take a genuine interest in the wellbeing of the people they’re working for.
Of course their methods of helping are at times a bit unnerving to Felix Ducotel whose honest business tactics and willingness to let customers buy on credit have caused his business to become nearly bankrupt. But it’s this application of criminal methods to help this honest family that provides a certain profane resurrection, giving rise to laughter over spirituality.
Yet these three prison-striped angels have a more practical spirituality that audience members can readily identify with.
Those of you old enough might remember a classic movie based on this drama. It starred Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll and Joan Bennett and still makes an occasional appearance on television around the holidays.
Ross Valley’s production plays through Dec. 21 and has a very different flavor from other holiday favorites such as Dickens’s Christmas Carol or Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet. For tickets or more information call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.org.
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