A Christmas Carol—Abridged | Dream Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 29 2013
Price: $13-$18
Writer-director Rachel Martindale's three-person adaptation of the Dickens holiday cash cow is based on a laudable idea: tone down the spectacle and emphasize the author's wit, storytelling, and many well-turned phrases. But the resulting show doesn't live up to its promise. Performed on an almost bare stage, with minimal costumes and special effects and no music or sound cues, the production makes strong demands on a cast who must play multiple characters and keep our attention for 80 minutes. But this ensemble, which includes Martindale herself, doesn't have the flexibility or energy to make it work. Stephen Fedo, for example, is a convincingly grouchy Scrooge, but he lacks the range necessary for Scrooge's moments of sorrow (upon viewing his past) or his joyful Christmas-morning conversion. —Jack Helbig



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