A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights | Dream Laboratory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2014

Actress Rachel Martindale's poise, precision, and understatement make her one of Dream Theatre Company's greatest assets. Now she's adapting, directing, and starring in a poised, precise, and understated version of Dickens's 1843 novella. Martindale's production never veers from Dickens’s exacting language, and it uses only three actors: Nick Ferrin as a misshapen, ossified Scrooge, and Joe Kloehn and herself as co-narrators playing all other parts. The bare-bones production wisely privileges story over spectacle, grotesque irony over saccharine holiday cheer. Numerous kinks need working out in this inaugural effort, most notably the flat, hesitant staging that often undermines Dickens's narrative ingenuity. But even in its rough state, it's refreshing to encounter Dickens's original, unsanitized tale onstage. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 seniors

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