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Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs A Christmas Carol Again Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 24 2012

"Why are you all staring at me?" asks Charles Dickens in Blake Montgomery's savvy one-man show. "Great expectations," replied an audience member on the night I attended, kicking off a wonderfully charming evening of tea, biscuits, and holiday spirit. Forced to give his 160th annual reading of A Christmas Carol, the great British writer is understandably cantankerous. But he's a lovable grouch, bantering with the audience while grumbling about the monotony of the holiday season. Once old Charlie dives back into Scrooge's world, he rediscovers the importance of tradition in bringing people together. Montgomery is wily and sharp as Dickens, reading in tones both mellifluous and magnetic. For all its satire, the show fulfills Dickens's wish that A Christmas Carol "haunt" its readers' houses "pleasantly." —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15-$30

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