Former Scrooge William Brown stages this production, which deepens by darkening. In Tom Creamer's lean, uncompromising adaptation, Scrooge is no mere covetous clown--he's a bogeyman so miserly he's monstrous. If he can be saved, there's hope for all of us. Jonathan Weir as Scrooge never conceals the character's defensive cruelties. Other pluses: Andrew Hansen's supple score, based on the lovely German carol "Stille, Stille, Stille"; Brian J. Gill's believable Bob Cratchit; and Ryan Cowhey's Tiny Tim, who seems huge when he unleashes his lines. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 12/30: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6:30 PM, Tue 12/5, noon only, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $20-$68.