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A Christmas Carol (2009)

a Holiday Special
CATEGORY :
by Based on the story by Charles Dickens

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 3603

SHOWING : November 27, 2009 - December 24, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Scrooge is back in the Alliance’s annual holiday gift to Atlanta – now celebrating its 20th year. Celebrate the power of the holidays to awaken the soul in our Broadway-scale musical feast for the whole family, renewing your spirit while it dazzles your eyes and warms your heart.

"...an emotionally satisfying feast for the heart and soul."
-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution --
Best enjoyed by children 6 and up.


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Slowing Down
by Dedalus
Friday, December 18, 2009
4.0
Note: This review first appeared on AtlantaTheaterBuzz.com

Okay, I still really like this show, but, for some reason, this year it seemed a tad (ONLY a tad) slower – the slightly over two-hour running time was increased to almost 2½ hours, and a few sequences had some pacing problems (SMALL ones). In the spirirt of the Season, I’m inclined to chalk it up to opening-night exhaustion (even stalwart Joe Knezevich succumbed to illness and let his understudy, Derek Manson, go on – who, BTW, gave one of the more energetically enjoyable performances as Nephew Fred). Still and all, this is a marvelously engaging and clever production, a testament to both the Alliance Stagecraft and Ensemble work, and I thoroughly recommend it. This was my daughter’s first year seeing it, and she too enjoyed it immensely (at least when she wasn’t in a grump about cheapskate Daddy not buying her candy). So, I hereby resurrect last season’s pastiche (slightly rewritten) for your reading displeasure:

(With apologies to Mr. Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore, and anyone with a taste for poetry.)

‘Twas the month 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.

Tomorrow I’ll write of the Tavern’s foray,
Th’Alliance’s effort’s the subject today.
It’s my sixth year reviewing this marvelous play,
It’s my fifth 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, once again, Ghost of Christmases Past
Is svelte 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.
Yes, 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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