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A Christmas Carol
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by Charles Dickens

COMPANY : Rosewater Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Rosewater Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 3256

SHOWING : November 28, 2008 - December 20, 2008

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An Average show, but nice space
by MrPurple
Friday, December 19, 2008
3.0
I liked a bunch of what Rosewater has done here. Especially the energy. It is easy for A Christmas Carol to be bogged down. But, as much as the man who played Scrooge looked the part, He was mediocre at best. Mostly because of diction problems. Much of the blocking did not work. But I liked much of the show in general. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Holiday Joy! Everyone must come see this!
by oenophile
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
5.0
I'm totally new to the Atlanta area, so my discovery of this theatrical showing of "A Christmas Carol" at the Rosewater Theatre in Roswell was completely accidently, thankfully due to the word of mouth of my friends and neighbors. What a find! If a joyous theatrical performance like this doesn’t get you in the holiday mood, nothing will. The acting and stage presentation is extremely professional. Both young Scrooge and old Scrooge are at the top of their game, both are professional quality actors. The directing in particular is extremely wonderful (what a great use of a theatre-in-the-round space!) and this is one of the best shows I've seen in years. I've heard through the grapevine that this production of "A Christmas Carol" is a homecoming of sorts for Roswell; the same group that did this back at the old Roswell Village Playhouse has come home to bring the tradition back to Roswell. What a fantastic story, and what a heart-warming production. Many people need to see this show. Please spread the word to your friends and family to see this professional quality production in Roswell, just like my friends and neighbors did for me! There are many theatres doing "A Christmas Carol", and many will tell you its their tradition, but this is the one real tradition everyone must come an see. By doing so, you will support a fabulous theater, an incredible theatrical event, and a bunch of talented performers. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Hmmmm...real review? by rsanchez
I don't want to seem like a party pooper, but this is the best written "review" I've seen in a long time. In fact, it reads like a product pitch on QVC.

I'm sure the production is wonderful and the actors are talented but I do have to point out that there are some very misleading "facts" in the above review. Whether this is due to naivete on the reviewer's part (they are new to Atlanta, according to the post) or a willful misrepresentation, I do feel compelled to set the record straight.

The Rosewater used to be known as the Roswell Village Playhouse, which was open for years and shut down around 2001. The people who are in there now have no connection to the Old Village Playhouse crew, with the exception that they acted in a few of their shows. The current owners brought their theatre down from Cumming, where they enjoyed a very loyal and large following.

The previous theatre, Roswell Village Playhouse, performed "A Christmas Carol" every christmas until they closed in 2001. The artistic directors didn't leave Roswell, they just moved across the street and started another theatre, Kudzu Playhouse. In fact, they continued the tradition of performing a Christmas Carol, even using many of the same actors and script. Brink Miller has continued his role as Scrooge for the past decade.

So, as far as the same group who did it before bringing it back home, that is entirely not the case. All they did was move the show to another space and continue the tradition. The Rosewater is an entirely different group.

A case can be made that the theatre itself accounts for the tradition, that the show has returned "home" after being gone, so to speak, after many years. But that's arguing semantics.

I wish this production very well and encourage everyone to see it. Just wanted to set the record straight.

Agree with the Comment. by J_Wild
I am not saying anything about this production in itself, but there is no way this review is real. It must be written by an admin or cast member of the show.

"I am totally new to the Atlanta area, so my discovery of this theatrical showing of "A Christmas Carol" at the Rosewater Theatre in Roswell was completely accidently"--Ok, well if you are entirely new to Atlanta, how do you know that: "the same group that did this back at the old Roswell Village Playhouse has come home to bring the tradition back to Roswell." I have lived in Atlanta for many many years, been involved in community theatre, including one Rosewater show a few years ago, and didnt know this...

This just seems like an advertisement for the show! If you want to do an advertisement, go right ahead and post something on the forum. Writing fake reviews won't do anything. I am very confident in this production, however. I will see it, but not because of this review, but because of how much Rosewater puts into their quality productions
For the record by Parrott65
I just wanted to mention that I went to see the show this past weekend and Lisa Sherouse Riley did the opening speech before the show. She did mention to everyone the story behind the show coming to that theater location from Cumming, the history behind The Village Playhouse, and also the long running "Christmas Carol" that used to be performed there. So, whoever this reviewer is probably heard it from her at the beginning of the show.

I could be wrong, but wasn't something mentioned about it in the program as well? I can't remember, because I don't have it in front of me. Anyhow, whether or not this reviewer is a true reviewer or not, I thought it was a great show. It was nice to see a different take on it, having been done in the round. I would like to have seen it years ago at the same location for comparison. :)

Russ


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