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A Christmas Carol (2001)

a Play with Music
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA CHILDREN
by Charles Dickens/adapted by David Bell

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 328

SHOWING : November 16, 2001 - December 30, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The holiday tradition continues with this sparkling production, a beloved favorite of Atlanta families. Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Scrooge’s experience, the release from his small and selfish life to one of giving, brotherhood, and love. A spirited gift to treasure with family and friends.


CAST & CREW LIST
Melinda Cratchit Noelle Kayser
Ebeneezer Scrooge Chris Kayser
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REVIEWS

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A humbug
by HeddaGabler
Saturday, November 17, 2001
1.0
I don't even know where to begin.

But first, for the record...I love Christmas, I look forward to holiday traditions, I believe there is nothing wrong with theaters having "cash cows" that they run this time of year. I think it is equally OK to trot out our old favorites and launch new traditions. But any and all of the above should be done well!

The current Christmas Carol at the Alliance is insulting. It seems the audience was just taken for granted. The show is sloppy. No builds in action or suspense. No interesting "take" on a classic. The actors seem bored and the pace plods. Even the arrivals of the ghosts feel dull and uninspired. The director chose not to focus on the plot, but when one abandons a strong story line, it must be replaced with something! What was the focus you ask? I have no idea. Just a collection of slow moving scenes and a few songs.

There are some very talented, experienced and respected actors in this cast, but even they don't seem interested. Perhaps they were told "Just hit your marks, say your lines, collect your Actors Equity level pay and no one will notice".

Atlanta, we deserve better form our professional, regional theater! Perhaps if we demand excellence they will build it. In the mean time, go see some small theater's holiday show! Maybe the smaller theaters will not make like Scrooge and take advantage of us! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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