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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

a Curriculum-based children
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Tom Mula

COMPANY : Georgia Ensemble Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory [WEBSITE]
ID# 1114

SHOWING : November 18, 2004 - December 23, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"Marley was dead, to begin with ..." So begins Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol." In our story, we now find that old Jacob Marley, dead for seven years, has one chance at redemption. Visited by his own personal hell-sprite, the chained and desperate Marley has 24 hours to save his former business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. So begins this journey during which Scrooge's heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley - in this clever, funny and deeply moving story - discovers his own.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director James Donadio
Cast Hugh Adams
Cast Cindy Collins
Cast Larry Larson
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REVIEWS

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Definitely different.
by houndog
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
3.0
Hmm ... maybe just not my "style". The script went from talking directly to the audience to acting to narrating. The lines were a mixture of the original Charles Dickens' words and those of Tom Mula. No props were used - all were mimed.
The set was multi-level platforms, steps and ramps - presumably to represent the levels of hell that Jacob Marley had to escape. In the background were two tall squarish scaffold type structures, which were moved from time to time. They were moved together, rotated, moved apart. I'm not sure why. If it was intended to indicate different areas, that wasn't clear. Several mannequins were scattered about. Everything was painted black - platforms, mannequins, etc.

In the main, the acting was excellent. Each actor played multiple roles. Hugh Adams was excellent, as was Cynthia Collins. Larry Larson played several parts with ease. Dikran Tulaine, however, was puzzling. His portrayal seemed rather like an inebriated Marlon Brando. Since one of his characters was Scrooge, I thought perhaps that was part of his interpretation. But, as he played other roles with the same personna, it began to look like he had a drink or three before the performance.
Not one of my favorites for GET. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Marlon Brando Indeed by Girl
After reading Parrott’s review, and considering my love of A Christmas Carol, my mom and I went to see GET’s show tonight. While we both enjoyed the show immensely, we both had our own reservations about Tulaine’s performance. In fact, my mom felt that he was “trying to hard” to act as a “young Marlon Brando.” I can understand if you didn’t like the somewhat unique style of this show (even though I enjoyed it), but I would still recommend it to those who are more open to the type of show you described. (On a side note, there were several children in the audience; I do not know that this is the show for them, primarily because of the more abstract methods used.)
Dikran by JasonMeinhardt
I have had the pleasure and honor of watching this man perform on many occassions and got to know him quite well at the Tavern. I am certainly not going to comment on this particular performance since I did not see it (unfortunately), but he makes very honest and thoughtful choices. I'm sure he kept himself sober for this show. :)
Holy Freakin Cow!!!
by Parrott65
Sunday, December 19, 2004
5.0
Once again, GET has done it again. I have NEVER seen a version of Christmas Carol that was as impacting as this one. Presenting the story from Jacob Marley's viewpoint, the show is dark, frightening, and fulfilling all in one. A set design that looks like something coordinated by Picasso (sp?) really set the mood for what began a new concept of what it was to be Jacob Marley and his everlasting need to change Scrooge into a better man. The lack of costumes, makeup, and the typical Christmas Carol set forced the audience to envision what it was like to be in hell. Hugh Adams delivered a performance that not only had me laughing at times, but had me in tears at the end. The other three cast members (Cindy Collins, Larry Larson, and the other that I don't remember his name) were as equally riveting, making a team of emotion that kept the audience in total silence. The sound effects, the visual effects, and the energy level of the performers reminded me why GET is set apart from "standard" theater. I only wish I had half of the talent of these actors and Director. I can't think of ONE SINGLE REASON to give this rating anything less than perfect. Bob Farley clearly, once again, shows there was a reason why he was the Artistic Director of the Alliance at one time. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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