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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2017

This is the 40th annual edition of Goodman Theatre's popular adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale, but there's nothing tired or formulaic in Henry Wishcamper's intensely emotional staging of Tom Creamer's durable script. The production—rich in visual and dramatic texture—deftly balances sentiment, comedy, spooky terror, and moral gravity as it retells the familiar but ever-fresh story of a miserly, misanthropic moneylender offered a chance at redemption. The scenic design and special effects are stunning, the music (played live by a quartet of onstage actor-musicians) is alternately melancholy and merry, and the acting by a diverse 26-member ensemble is impeccable. Dickens's theme that the wealthy have an obligation to help provide for the less fortunate is amplified here by some pointedly relevant commentary about religious bigotry. At the center of the show is actor Larry Yando's smart, heartfelt portrayal of Scrooge, the skinflint whose spiritual transformation (prompted by some supernatural intervention) drives the story. It's quite wonderful to watch Yando's Scrooge edge painfully toward the change he finally, fully embraces. —Albert Williams

Price: $25-$111

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