John Rafanello’s “Chronicles,” now playing upstairs at Glendale’s First Lutheran Church, is less an evening of theater than a night of fascinating “true” stories told by your own Uncle John, who just happens to believe in past lives, out-of-body experiences, Christianity, telepathy, aliens from outer space and the power of positive thinking.
All that’s expected of you in return is to listen with an open mind, a sense of humor and a feeling of goodwill that’s half as expansive as storyteller Rafanello’s.
There are none of the regular theater-going formalities. Instead, you might be greeted at the ticket table by a little 4-year-old girl chiming up “Twenty dollars, please” to anyone coming in the door. It’s immediately clear that Rafanello is a very well-liked performer, since most of the people in the room seem to know him a lot better than you do. And what’s more, they already like him a lot.