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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2015

I used to find Dickens sentimental; now I think he’s profound. There’s something subversive even in his creation of capitalist everyman Ebenezer Scrooge (Larry Yando), whose grumpy isolation (the illusion of separateness, the Buddhists would call it) is an adaptive defense. When Scrooge’s nephew, Fred (Anish Jethmalani), reminds him that we humans are, after all, mere “fellow passengers to the grave," Scrooge won’t hear it. But after a night of spectral visitations—including one from his former partner, Jacob Marley (Joe Foust)—he realizes just that: we are inextricably bound, and our time here is short. Director Henry Wishcamper’s production always brings something newly revelatory to the beloved story, and in his eighth year as Scrooge, Yando remains impishly delightful in his portrayal of a man gifted with the chance to make amends. There are many returning favorites here, and relative newcomers—including the commanding Ghosts of Christmas Past (Travis A. Knight) and Present (Lisa Gaye Dixon). —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $26-$102

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