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A Christmas Carol (2008)

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

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 3271

SHOWING : November 28, 2008 - December 24, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

You know the story. You know the venue. Come catch the spirit of Christmases Present for the past umpteen years, as Chris Kayser once again steps into the Scrooge nightgown and Bah-Humbugs his way to redemption. A treat for the Frazzled Holiday Nerves!


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A Visit From Charles Dickens
by Dedalus
Sunday, December 28, 2008
5.0
(With apologies to Mr. Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore, and anyone with a taste for poetry.)

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and on every stage,
“A Christmas Carol” played, it’s still all the rage!
A thousand-one Cratchits, four-thousand-four ghosts
Help Scrooge thaw his heart, help Fred make his toasts.

I already wrote of the Tavern’s foray,
Th’Alliance’s effort’s the subject today.
It’s my fifth year reviewing this marvelous play,
It’s my fourth year in keeping my quibbling at bay.

Chris Kayser’s old miser’s a pleasure to see –
His road to redemption’s realistic for me.
I liked all the Cratchits, they could do no wrong.
I liked the extravagant staging and song.

This year, though, the Spirit of Christmases Past
Is now Courtney Patterson, wonderf’lly cast!
Daniel May’s Jacob Marley’s still creaky and cold,
His chains and his darkness are vivid and bold.

And all of the costumes and all of the lights
Are beautif’lly rendered, are beautiful sights.
And once again Rosemary Newcott succeeds
In staging this Marvelous Holiday Deed.

This tale never tires, it gives me a lift.
For me it’s a welcome Victorian gift.
So, while you are wallowing in Christmassy cheer,
Catch up with this show ere the end of the year.

Before I sign off with my usual cheek,
Merry Christmas to All! May you have a safe week!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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