When: Tuesdays-Sundays and Mon., Dec. 29. Continues through Dec. 31 2008
Goodman Theatre's 31st annual rendition of the Charles Dickens classic deftly balances festive cheeriness, spooky mystery, and honest sentiment. Tom Creamer's adaptation conveys Dickens's message of moral redemption through clear, forceful storytelling, and director William Brown's production is a celebration of the communal power of live theater. The first-rate scenic and sound designs intensify the tale's supernatural elements but never overwhelm its humanity, and an onstage instrumental quartet (fiddlers, accordion, and French horn) make merry music part of the action. Returning for his second year as the misanthropic moneylender Scrooge, Larry Yando heads a fine ensemble whose palpable delight in their duties keeps this holiday perennial fresh. --Albert Williams Tue 12/16, noon and 7:30 PM, Wed 12/10, noon and 7:30 PM, Wed 12/17, 7:30 PM, Thu 12/4 and 12/11, noon and 7:30 PM, Wed 12/18, 7:30 PM. Special holiday schedule 12/23-12/28: Tue 2 and 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 6:30 PM, no show Thu, Fri-Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM.