A Christmas Carol | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

A Christmas Carol



Aside from the solid musical backdrop of carols arranged by Valerie Maze, the pillar of this Provision Theater Company staging of Dickens's classic, adapted by David Bell and director Tim Gregory, is Brad Armacost as Ebenezer. No twinkling, giggling curmudgeon, Armacost is just the Scrooge the Victorians would have known and feared: scary stuff, a miserly bogeyman who puts himself beyond the pale by scoffing at the season's sentiments and not sharing the wealth. Gregory's plainspoken, efficiently paced, ultimately moving retelling avoids smug self-congratulation as it merrily demolishes false idols and exposes the white-collar crimes that prove Scrooge's moral bankruptcy. The 21 cast members bless us, every one. Through 12/30: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $15-$25, industry nights Thu.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →