Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Lab Theater

"A Christmas Carol" plays at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Dear old Charlie Dickens has seen his tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge adapted hundreds of times. Disney added a money bin to create Scrooge McDuck. Sci-fi program "Doctor Who" updated "A Christmas Carol" with time travel and flying sharks. The Lab Theater offers yet another.

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Ken Bryant's one-man show offers a taste of what Dickens' own public readings may have been like. Audiences can get lost in the sing-song cadence of the prose, backed by Bryant's sonorous voice and strong delivery. Listening to him regale us with ghosts, spirits and tales of Cratchits, Fezziwigs and more, you realize that "Carol" really is a Christmastime story for the ages.

The show's best moments come as Bryant simply sits and reads, especially the fate of old Scrooge as he faces the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Future. If Bryant had just read or recited, the night might have been magical. Instead, the show lacks polish and any real sense that it was created with an audience in mind.

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"A Christmas Carol" plays at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and  2p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for students and children, $18.50 for seniors (Thursday performances) and $22 for adults. Buy tickets online:

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