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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Last chance to see a "revolutionary Christmas Carol"

Posted By on 12.27.11 at 05:27 PM

Scrooge with Ignorance and Want
  • Scrooge with Ignorance and Want
As Goodman Theatre's latest A Christmas Carol proves, you don't need to work very hard to make the equation between Charles Dickens's Ebenezer Scrooge and the current crop of one-percenters. Scrooge is already in finance. He lends at usurious rates, makes clucking comments about taxes (though he at least seems to acknowledge their usefulness, if only for keeping the prisons and poor houses in operation), and hoards his personal wealth while overworking and severely underpaying that prototypical 99-percenter, Bob Crachit.

But when you're in the agit-prop business, you can't afford to sit around waiting for people to connect the dots themselves. The Occupy Players have therefore put together Occupy My Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol—a new, 60-minute, "family-friendly" play that explicitly updates the Scrooge story for our stratified times. It's the tale of Josh, "an ambitious Chicago banker" with a hard heart. Visited by the "three Occupy spirits," he gets a glimpse of "that other world . . . of hope and decency and dignity for all." The question, I suppose, is whether decency trumps saving up to buy that private island?

Occupy My Heart had a couple performances over the weekend; now it's getting its final run for the season at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. See it—for free, of course—tonight through Thu 12/29, 8 PM. "Above all," says the promo blurb, "this is a story of the 99%, for the 99% and by the 99%."

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