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A Christmas Carol

a Holiday Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Tony Brown

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 2562

SHOWING : December 07, 2007 - December 23, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Full of music and laughter, love and family, this show is designed to put you in the holiday Spirit! A theatrical gift for children of all ages!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Tony Brown
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REVIEWS

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a joy
by g8grrl
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
4.5
This production warms the heart. I envy the actors who sing and play multiple parts and instruments. I love the music and joyous singing. The acting is strong and funny. The Tavern's take is more narrative than most, but it helps add depth and understanding to the story. This is the third year my family has seen wonderful show, and we'll be back next year. God bless us everyone! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
The Tavern's "A Christmas Carol" (I can't not comment)
by Okely Dokely
Friday, December 7, 2007
NR
I unfortunately can't say much, nor will I give this a rating, because I am involved with this theatre. I had nothing to do with this production, though (also very unfortunate), so I will say a couple of things.

I just got back from the opening night of The New American Shakespeare Tavern's "A Christmas Carol," and I am nothing less than enchanted, captivated, and invigorated. There is so much heart in this production. So much heart. You are the first people I'm admitting this to, but at the end I got misty-eyed and wiped away a tear or two. This is the first "Christmas Carol" I've seen where I've done that. I suspect that this show filled everybody at the Tavern tonight with the Christmas spirit - or loving spirit, or whatever-you-believe-in spirit - because there was an awful lot of hugging and shaking hands going on. I could sense this was more than just business as usual.

This will possibly be the last "Christmas Carol" the Tavern does; this version, at least. What they will do for their future holiday shows is up in the air right now - they are polling audience members to see what they'd want. So this might be your last year to catch this incarnation. Drew Reeves's Scrooge had grown on me and then some by the end, and you truly haven't lived until you've seen Matt Felten's Tiny Tim.

I hope I'm not being a hypocrite here. My stance on in-house reviews on this website has always been as follows: it's fine as long as your name's not in the program under cast or crew, you give it a NR, and you're forthcoming about who you are.

Mark Schroeder
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Good idea by the_unlikely_thespian
"I hope I'm not being a hypocrite here. My stance on in-house reviews on this website has always been as follows: it's fine as long as your name's not in the program under cast or crew, you give it a NR, and you're forthcoming about who you are."

I like this a lot. If this isn't official TR policy, perhaps it should be. I'm guilty of giving a numeric rating to a production of a theater company that I've been working with a bit, though as in Okely's case, not for that particular production.

When I find myself in this situation again, I think I'll try the NR.

Sorry if this derails the thread. Good review.
by EKFricke
I'm on bar duty for tonight. I worked the show last year and I remember that Matt's Tim did stand out.

As to their idea to choose something new... I'm not sure they need to pick another show for their Christmas offering, but as one who has been volunteering for a few seasons now, I will admit I wouldn't be opposed to a new casting. Not that I don't love the regulars but I'd suspect some others on their team are chafing to give it a go and if given the opportunity, could knock it out of the park just as far as the veterans currently do.


L


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