A Christmas Carol: The Silent Bah-Humbug Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 30 2011

Charles Dickens obviously understood the power of silence: he created the eerily mute Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come, represented by a black cloak and a pointing finger in A Christmas Carol. This Silent Theatre Company adaptation takes the trope a step further. Except for a prologue delivered by keyboard accompanist Isaiah Robinson, it cuts out spoken words altogether. Tonika Todorova's staging looks more like a product of Weimar Germany than Victorian England. A black-and-white palette, spooky shadows, and stylized acting reference 1920s expressionism. Some clarity is sacrificed through tinkering, but the visuals are arresting—and affecting, as when bursts of color and cathartic yips of laughter betoken the brightening of a barren life on Christmas morning. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$25

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