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A Christmas Carol (2006)

a Holiday Special
CATEGORY :
by Charles Dickens (Adapted by David H. Bell)

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 1870

SHOWING : November 24, 2006 - December 24, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A special gift to all Atlanta, this classic tale comes to life in a glittering, festive celebration of the holiday spirit. Performed by Atlanta’s finest actors and singers,
the Alliance’s Broadway-scale musical rendition of this beloved Christmas story has been a holiday tradition for 17 years.


CAST & CREW LIST
Bess/Ensemble Terry Burrell
Fan/Martha/Ensemble Naima Carter
Bob Cratchit Neal A Ghant
Fezziwig/Christmas Past/Ensemble Bart Hansard
Tiny Tendal Jaret Mann
Tiny Tim Tendal Jaret Mann
Scrooge Chris Kayser
Dick Wilkins/Undertaker/Ensemble Jahi Kearse
Laundress/Ensemble Katie Kneeland
Peter/Ensemble J.C. Long
Tiny Tim Tendal Mann
Wyatt/Ignorance/Ensemble Keenan Rogers
Belinda/Ensemble Morgan Saylor
Belle/ Ensemble Elizabeth Diane Wells
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REVIEWS

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Welcome to the Dark Side, Young Ebeneezer!
by Dedalus
Friday, December 8, 2006
4.0
Be forewarned – this essay has no redeeming value whatsoever as dramatic criticism, no value as a “user’s guide” review, and no purpose other than to have a little bit of fun.

I could discuss the merits of this “Christmas Carol” over others, repeat last year’s review praising the updated plot points and well-integrated songs, praise the actors for making performances seem fresh in spite of going through these moments bajillions of times, praise the razzle-dazzle of the production and the fast pace that makes the two-plus hour running time zoom by like a ghost of stories past.

But what would be the point? You all know the plot, you’ve probably seen half-a-dozen productions, and you’ll either enjoy this show or not.

So, instead, I’ll talk about The Force.

Have any of you noticed how much of this plot Dickens stole from George Lucas? Think about it. We have a young warrior, the Pad-Wan Ebeneezer Scrooge, torn between the Jedi-like spirit of the Fezziwigs and the Darker Force of Chancellor Jacob Marley. The easier Path (the Dark Side) is the more profitable, and, to him, the more attractive. When he sees his love Queen Belle seduced and stolen by the Good Path, there is no other choice but to seek the Profitable Side of the Force. But when faced with the memory of his good side and the vision of his life to be, he casts out the Sith Lord Marley and embraces the more mystical side redolent of kindness and love. He embraces the Good Side of the Force!

I, for one, would like to know why Lucas’ attorneys haven’t gone after this Dickens fellow. I thought Hollywood Creative Types where Über-Protective about their Intellectual property!

What I, a cynical skeptic, read into this, is a conspiratorial effort by the forces of the Talivangelical Theocrats to inject into their own lives a bit of Christmas Spirit .. that is, Holiday Spirit … I mean, Winter Solstice Spirit … actually, I’m not sure what I mean.

Whatever.

Have a Nice December!

And Live Long and Prosper …

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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Pardon me for asking... by super_tech
But didn't Dickens come first?

hehe
duh by mark
that's the joke...
Not to beat a dead horse, but ... by Dedalus
Y'Know, I just happened to think ... The characterization of Marley as the one who "Seduced young Ebeneezer to the Dark Side" may be unique to this particular adaptation, which was (if I'm not mistaken) written post-Lucas. So, my snarky little Pseudoreview may have some legitimate merit after all. Are there any dramaturgical types out there who can let us know if this is a common "back story" to Dickens tale, or if it is (post)modern development?

In any case, May the Ghosts Be With You!

Brad


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