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A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

Rachel Martindale's 80-minute adaptation of Dickens's revered novella is stripped to its essentials, as is Fury Theatre's bare-bones staging, which Martindale directs and stars in. Jettisoning high production values (the set is two changing screens and a plain bench; the lighting effects are "on" and "off"), Martindale focuses almost entirely on Dickens's florid language and hypnotic imagery. She and her two costars tell the story with candor and simplicity, much as your extroverted friends might at their annual holiday party. Some of the stage conventions are decidedly wonky (actors are perpetually ducking behind the tiny screens to "change characters" when all they're typically doing is donning a new hats or scarves), but hearing the story without the typical overworked theatrical trappings is refreshing. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 students and seniors, $10 children under ten

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