Though twinkly and sweet, most Christmas plays are about as brilliant as a box of tinsel. But The Long Christmas Ride Home is altogether different: In lieu of holiday card flatness, it paints a 3-D portrait of one family's past, present and future. Like untangling the snarls in a strand of Christmas lights, playwright Paula Vogel unspools the twisted consequences of what happened one snowy December 24th when a family's car spun out of control. In doing so, the celebrated Pulitzer winner (How I Learned to Drive) has created a drama for all seasons. Now Josh Sobel directs this hauntingly beautiful play for the Strawdog Theatre.