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A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre

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Adapted by Tom Cramer

Directed by William Brown

At the Goodman Theatre

John  Judd most effectively takes over as Ebenezer Scrooge

Now in its 33rd season, the Goodman Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens 1842 novella, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Tom Cramer still holds its magic over audiences as director William Brown makes subtle changes and re-casts numerous roles each year to keep the show fresh. This year’s mounting features John Judd as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Judd does yeomen work as he deftly plays the nasty side of the Scrooge as he refers to Christmas as “Bah, Humbug!”

a christmas carol at the goodman theatre  2010

The timeless classic tale was so moving that it lead to the British celebrating Christmas as a major holiday. The Goodman has made A Christmas Carol a major Chicago holiday event since over one million folks have witnessed this timeless tale of personal redemption.  The 2010 production has an all new Cracht family and a fresh new supporting players. There are a few new twists,  added music and humorous bits to this year’s production.

a christmas carol at the goodman theatre  2010

The basic core of good will toward man, the basic message of personal change and redemption permeates this wonderful show. It isn’t Christmas time without a visit to 1843 London to see Uncle Scrooge. The Goodman’s production is the finest holiday show mounted in Chicago. Take the entire family to see this marvelous production.

Highly Recommended

Tom Williams

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