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

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2010

After 33 years perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Goodman Theatre's annual holiday show feels a little frayed around the edges. Most of the scenes drag or ramble a bit—and the caroling packed into every spare minute of the two-hour-plus show doesn't help move things along. More significantly, once the Christmas ghosts start spiriting Scrooge across time, director William Brown too often leaves the redeemable miser at the periphery, watching his life when he should be the primary dramatic focus. Still, a supremely likable cast tell Dickens's crafty, affecting tale with such candor that these serious flaws ultimately seem like minor quibbles. Try not to scream like a little girl when the monstrous Ghost of Christmas Future appears. I almost did. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$76

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