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Shoot your eye out with ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’

The stage version of the classic movie runs at Boch Center in Boston from Dec. 10-19.

A Christmas Story: The Musical. Courtesy Photo / Boch Center

In the last 40 years, any self-respecting adult who’s encountered a BB gun, or even had one come up in casual conversation, has likely uttered the same classic phrase: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” If that’s not a testament to the staying power of “A Christmas Story” — the 1983 movie directed by Bob Clark, and based on Jean Shepherd’s book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” — then we don’t know what is.

You’ll recall the movie followed the adventures of young Ralphie in his holiday-season quest for an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle, featuring all sorts of interesting tongues-on-poles, leg lamps, and beheaded ducks along the way. The same story drives the stage version, with the added bonus of delightful songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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Boston Globe critic Don Aucoin praised the musical’s “overall buoyancy of mood and a fleetness of pace” when it debuted here back in 2013, and who couldn’t use a little buoyancy right now? Opening night comes to the Boch-Center/Wang Theatre on Friday, Dec. 10; see the full show schedule here.

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