Theater review | Thru Dec. 1 Greetings, at Mud Creek Players, is the first theater holiday offering to hit the stage this year. It"s a good look at what so many people try to emphasize during the Christmas season: faith. Its premise: Andy, son of Catholic parents, is bringing home his fiancÈe, Randi, a Jew-turned-atheist, to meet the family. The family consists of Andy"s father, a man who believes he is right and anyone who has contrary beliefs is wrong; mother, a traditionalist with an open mind; and brother Mickey, who is mentally challenged. It"s Christmas Eve and, once the family is assembled, they receive an unexpected visitor. This visitor, named Lucious, is similar to an Indian yogi, and offers insights for the family to ponder. H. F. Ranford is effective as Andy, the man stuck in the middle between his family and fiancÈe. Wanting to believe in something, but rejecting his father"s hard and fast beliefs, he delivers an agile combination of maturity, humor and wondrous excitement. Duane Mercier, as his father, is an infuriating character who has sacrificed for his family and now wants to reign supreme as the uncontested word on right and wrong. Justin Hoggard"s Mickey presents adept transformations, and his interaction with the family is always sweet and poignant. The women in the group aren"t as stellar - Jean Adams as the mother stumbles over too many lines and Julie Fancher as Randi is a bit stilted - but overall their characters still work. As Lucious says, people do not change until they are ready to, but if you can change a little bit every day, you will eventually achieve peace. A good message in this holiday season. Greetings is written by Tom Dudzick, whose Over the Tavern opens shortly at the Phoenix Theatre. Greetings continues through Dec. 1. Call 290-5343 for information.

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