A Christmas Carol
Whether compelled by the cooking of a Yuletide feast to satisfy an ungrateful extended family, the cajoling to unruly kids to sit still for a Christmas-card photoshoot, or any number of other seasonal frustrations, would-be revelers can be forgiven for the temptation of saying "humbug" to the holidays. Thankfully, a relatively stress-free holiday tradition can still be found in the Guthrie Theater's annual production of A Christmas Carol. While the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghost-guided journey through Christmases past, present, and future ranks amongst the most ubiquitous of holiday tales, the Guthrie continues to derive surprising vitality from the familiar work. This is the Guthrie's 39th staging of Charles Dickens's cherished novella, and the theater's continued success with the piece is a credit to the creative rearrangements that have kept each presentation fresh while preserving the thematic core of the narrative. Reprising a lively adaptation from British playwright Crispin Whittell, this latest production also boasts the dynamic direction of Joe Chvala, an artist whose groundbreaking work with Flying Foot Forum suggests a captivating kinetic pace. Featuring a gifted ensemble cast, an immersive Victorian atmosphere, and striking special effects, the Guthrie's A Christmas Carol continues to imbue creative ingenuity into this defining tale of regret and redemption, providing one annual tradition worthy of holiday cheer. Visit www.guthrietheater.org for more information. $34-$85. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 1 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Additional matinees available, and there are no performances November 28, December 24, and December 25. (Photo by MIchael Brosilow)
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Dec. 29, 2013
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