A Christmas Carol Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2009

The Goodman has roasted this Dickensian chestnut so long that audience members compare Scrooges (there have been seven of them) the way Bears fans rate quarterbacks. Now in his third year as the miserly curmudgeon, Larry Yando is at the top of my list. The spirits of Christmas ultimately nudge Yando's Scrooge over to the Light Side, but before they show up Yando evokes the character's great sin--his inability to see himself as connected to his "fellow passengers to the grave"--in the fearsome, strangled rage with which he spits, "I wish to be let alone!" William Brown's spry staging incorporates just enough pyrotechnics to awe first-timers without losing the deeply humane heart of this deservedly beloved tale. --Kerry Reid

Price: $25-$74

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