"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Guaranteed Holiday Pleasure

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre):  Guaranteed Holiday Pleasure

Goodman Theatre presents the 36th Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Larry Yando (Scrooge) returns to the iconic holiday role.  The impressive Yando plays gruff and gleeful with equal intensity.  In his distinct voice, he delivers the stinging barbs.  Later, his playfulness enchants as his holiday transformation is complete.  Yando is one of thirteen veterans in the 27 member cast.  Under the direction of Henry Wishcamper, the Dickens tale unfolds with moments of true tenderness and amusement.  When an apologetic Yando arrives unexpectedly at his nephew’s home, the genuine humanity in Anish Jethmalani’s (Fred) greeting made me cry.  At the helm of the holiday favorite for the first time, Wishcamper facilitates a spirited pace.  It seemed swift and tighter than before.   I recollect Ghosts of A-CHRISTMAS-CAROL Past were more pageantry focused.  With those theatrical elements missing, real emotion filled the space. This production was a stage full of heart.

Seeing A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Goodman is a guaranteed holiday pleasure.  The show ranks right up there with Chicago traditions like eating under the Walnut Room tree, sipping a Tom and Jerry at Miller’s Pub and walking through Lincoln Park Zoo Lights.

2011 Goodman Christmas Carol

2010 Goodman Christmas Carol

Running Time:  Two hours includes an intermission

At Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn

Written by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Tom Creamer

Directed by Henry Wishcamper

Mondays at 2pm and 7:30pm on 12/23

Tuesdays at 7:30pm (11/19, 11/26 and 12/17), 12pm (11/26) and 2pm (12/24)

Wednesdays at 7:30pm and 12pm (no 12pm on 11/27, 12/18), dark on Christmas

Thursdays at 7:30pm, 12pm (12/5, 12/12) and 2pm (12/19, 12/26), dark on Thanksgiving

Fridays at 8pm

Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm

Sundays at 2pm and 6:30pm

Thru December 28th

Buy Tickets at www.goodmantheatre.org

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