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A Christmas Carol 

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Adapter-director Tim Gregory offers his warmhearted take on Dickens's inexhaustible parable for a third season. It centers on arguably the best Scrooge ever: perfectly blending joy with fear, Brad Armacost makes you taste both Ebenezer's lonely misanthropy and his unearned redemption. This Scrooge tangibly relives scenes from his earlier life and tastes his mortality with a scary immediacy that other Scrooges only hint at. Even fans of the Goodman production will find new treasures in Provision Theater's less-is-more version. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 12/30: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, first-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $10-$25.

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