Dec. 12, 2012 - Issue #895-Japandroids
A Christmas Carol
After 13 years, it's safe to say the cast and crew at the Citadel know a thing or two about A Christmas Carol.
Charles Dickens' story is executed with the precision of a well-oiled machine, with seamless transitions of the extravagantly designed set to portray Christmas past, present and future. Stunning visuals and effects aside—particularly in the case of a ghostly Jacob Marley and a larger-than-life Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come—the cast is what drives the production home, giving it heart and a whopping dose of Christmas spirit.
Of course, A Christmas Carol would be nothing without Ebenezer Scrooge, and James MacDonald—no stranger to the stage or the story—is impeccable as the cantankerous old grumbler. MacDonald carries off his character's humbug-slinging temperament with ease and verisimilitude, punctuated with a little unintentional humour before his character's inevitable redemption.
The rest of the cast, including Julien Arnold as an entertaining Bob Cratchit and Seth Dembowski as the endearing Tiny Tim, shine just as brightly in their respective roles, resulting in a performance that has the potential to warm even the most "bah, humbug" of Christmas spirits.
Until Sun, Dec 23 (7:30 pm; 1:30 pm matinee Sat and Sun)
Directed by Bob Baker and
Citadel Theatre, $36.75 – $89.25 vueweekly.com comments: powered by Disqus
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