Chicago Tribune - In 'Christmas at Christine's,' arriving in the U.S. as strangers, plus a few holiday songs

Chicago Tribune - In 'Christmas at Christine's,' arriving in the U.S. as strangers, plus a few holiday songs

True to holiday cabaret tradition, Chicago actor and singer Christine Bunuan fills her solo-show stocking with songs ranging from naughty to nice, sardonic to sentimental. But what Bunuan also offers in "Christmas at Christine's," the first holiday show at Silk Road Rising, is her perspective as a child of Filipino immigrants. When you're raised by people who arrived in the United States with $500 in their pockets, the holidays are bound to focus on love, not lucre.

Bunuan, a veteran of past ensemble revues at Silk Road as well as of "Avenue Q" at the Mercury Theater (where she played Christmas Eve), brings a mix of sass, soul and sweetness to her songs and stories, directed by J.R. Sullivan and with Ryan Brewster at the piano. She also accompanies herself on ukulele with charming insouciance on Nat King Cole's "The Happiest Christmas Tree."

ChicagoReader - Recommended!

ChicagoReader - Recommended!

This sweet, lighthearted holiday cabaret, written and performed by Christine Bunuan, weaves together holiday songs, some familiar, some not, with Bunuan’s recollections of Christmases past. Bunuan has a lovely voice and a winning onstage rapport with her laconic accompanist, Ryan Brewster, and her song selection, though mild, is diverting (a Jewish parody of “Santa Baby,” called “Moishe Baby,” is one the high points) . But it’s her deceptively simple stories about life in theater or visiting her extended family in the Philippines that make this show a cut above your average holiday revue. It helps that Bunuan has a very likable, relaxed stage presence and a born raconteur’s ability to make even the most mundane tale riveting. —Jack Helbig

Silk Road Rising’s CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINE’S Review – All Heart

Silk Road Rising’s CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINE’S Review – All Heart

Trust Silk Road Rising to make its very first holiday show – Christmas at Christine’s -- not only multi-cultural but free of schmaltz and glitter too. Directed by J.R. Sullivan, Christine Bunuan’s 90-minute meander through her own Christmases Past nudges her audience towards a more meaningful Christmas Present. Bunuan, a Filipino American actress married to a Jewish American actor, offers up a cabaret-style pastiche of songs, snapshots, chit-chat and reflections about her favorite holiday.

BroadwayWorld - Silk Road Rising Presents First-Ever Holiday Show CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINE'S

BroadwayWorld - Silk Road Rising Presents First-Ever Holiday Show CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTINE'S

Silk Road Rising presents their first-ever holiday show with the world premiere of Christmas at Christine's, written and performed by Christine Bunuan and directed by J.R. Sullivan. The production will run December 1st to 23rd, 2016 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. WashingtonSt., Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602. The Press Opening is Friday, December 2nd at 8:00pm.

This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favoriteChristine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings her way through the holiday songbook and a lifetime of yuletide memories.

Need A Little Christmas? Northshore Performer to Premiere New Holiday Show

Need A Little Christmas? Northshore Performer to Premiere New Holiday Show

Singer and actor Christine Bunuan, whose talents have been seen from Writers' Theatre's stage in Glencoe to Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, is combining her musical talents, heritage, and love of the Christmas season in her world-premiere show, "Christmas at Christine's."