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  A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever.

Thru - Dec 31, 2016

Price: $40-$105

Stage: Albert Theatre

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 2hrs, 10mins; one intermission

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  A Christmas Carol Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...In director Henry Wishcamper's production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman's Albert Theatre, that message of compassion comes with a decidedly feminine flair and fire. Oh, Scrooge is still male and miserly. (Not to suggest that these are related traits, of course!) And he's still played by Larry Yando, who, after nine years in the role, still makes Ebenezer's transformation from Victorian proto-Grinch to a dancing madcap with a heart of gold a thing of soulful delight."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...As usual, the Goodman pulls out all the stops for its annual spectacle-filled production of Charles Dickens's classic, overwhelming our senses with amazing sets, gorgeous costumes, and eye-popping lighting effects, and ultimately leaving us utterly besotted with holiday spirit. This year's edition, directed by Henry Wishcamper and once again starring Larry Yando as Scrooge, is slick, tight, and nearly flawless, capturing the look and feel of Victorian England while also reflecting the diversity of contemporary Chicago."
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Jack Helbig

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...The surprising moments of comedic effect added a special lightheartedness to the show that incorporated luxurious set pieces seamlessly flowing onstage, giving you the illusion of being outdoors one moment and inside Ebenezer's bedroom the next. With the beautiful lighting design and special effects, I looked forward to each of the Ghosts visiting Ebenezer, showing him the error of his ways while encouraging the crotchety old man to seek redemption. Director Henry Wishcamper's extremely talented cast also includes Ron E Rains as family man Bob Crachit, Joe Foust as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Travis Knight as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Kim Shultz as the Ghost of Christmas Present. I highly recommend this Charles's Dickens classic as a great way to celebrate the holiday season."
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Stacey L. Crawley

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...Henry Wishcamper, directing the show for the fourth time, is also still tweaking. The 2016 version has been amped up to a fairly scarifying decimal level in the scene of Scrooge’s first visitation, by the dead (as a door nail) Jacob Marley, who explodes into Scrooge’s bedchamber to shake some sense into him. After the blasts, I checked around my area to see how the smaller ones were taking it. They seemed OK … not so sure about their elders."
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Nancy Malitz

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Though contrived to comfort the unafflicted and console the well-off, Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol honors enough of the 80-page novella to suggest, if you listen hard enough, Dickens's goal. He still wants-and we need more than ever-to awaken "fellow passengers to the grave" to the non-negotiable fact that no one is the "surplus population" destined for "prisons and workhouses." We cannot, says a still-beseeching author, allow a girl named Want and a boy named Ignorance to threaten us with utter destruction. Not even in an elegant theater on Dearborn Street. Not even, or especially not, in 2016."
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Lawrence Bommer

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...As far as Christmas sweets go, Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," as adapted by Tom Creamer and directed by Henry Wishcamper at the Goodman, is something of a fruitcake-aggressively festive, chock full of calorically dense goodies, a little out of date, more of a spectacle than a main dish and, of course, absolutely sopping in spirits. Yet, done in the earnest style of an overblown holiday pageant, it is delightful to look upon."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...With such a wide variety of holiday choices available in Chicagoland, the production that truly says Christmas has returned. There are certainly some excellent alternatives all around town, but the real deal, the show that reminds audiences of what the holiday is truly all about, is at the Goodman. There is no better choice; this is a holiday extravaganza with a heart that is a must-see at this time of year. Do not miss it!"
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...The 39th annual production of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre is upon us, and this year's production-steeped in Victorian spookiness-is a true redemptive treat. Despite Goodman's jovial and colorful marketing of the production, Tom Creamer's adaptation as directed by Henry Wishcamper is fraught with period bleakness. Scrooge's world is grim and grimy, clearly articulating the necessity of an uplifting holiday amidst such stark living circumstances. It makes his transformation all the more miraculous and all the more moving."
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Brent Eickhoff

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Leading a cast of 24-actors is Larry Yando, a Chicago stalwart who, as Ebenezer Scrooge, journeys through his past, present and future to discover the importance of kindness and compassion toward others. The highly talented, engaging and classically trained Penelope Walker brings that smile that just never dies to the stage as she plays Mrs. Crumb and Mrs. Fezziweg. John Lister is a jolly, convincing and honest Mr. Fezziweg; the two make a great couple. Kristina Valada-Viars plays a double role of Frieda and Belle and turns in a fine classical performance brimming with excellent diction and conviction."
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Bob Douglas

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