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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 celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday 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 continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

Thru - Dec 31, 2017

Price: $25-$112

Stage: Albert Theatre

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 2hrs, 10mins; one intermission

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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...But the adaptation badly needs redoing - the bits of leftover narration from the show's origins in the story-theater craze ("Scrooge was as good as his word") are like undigested bits of beef these days, and while making Fred Frida is a great idea, you have to change the text a bit more to allow her to feel real. Marley is underwritten, too, even though he's the emcee, actually."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...This is the 40th annual edition of Goodman Theatre's popular adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale, but there's nothing tired or formulaic in Henry Wishcamper's intensely emotional staging of Tom Creamer's durable script. The production—rich in visual and dramatic texture—deftly balances sentiment, comedy, spooky terror, and moral gravity as it retells the familiar but ever-fresh story of a miserly, misanthropic moneylender offered a chance at redemption."
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Albert Williams

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...This is the 40th year of Goodman’s well-loved and well-made “Christmas Carol,” and Yando’s 10th as the tight-fisted old sinner redeemed through the good offices of his late partner Jacob Marley – even though Marley has been dead for seven years. Dead as…OK, all together now: A DOORNAIL! Exactly."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...A Christmas Carol is back at Goodman Theatre for its 40th anniversary this holiday season. The timeless tale by Charles Dickens reminds us the importance of kindness and love. Set in 1800s London, A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Ten directors, eight Ebenezer Scrooges and twenty-nine Tiny Tims later, this Chicago tradition lives on!"

Mary Crylen

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Chicagoland overflows with a wide variety of choices for holiday entertainment. Each has its own special draw and while some are for adults only, many provide joy for the entire family. But, celebrating its 40th anniversary, the most magnificent production that truly says “Christmas” is the Goodman’s. There are some excellent alternatives around town, but the real deal, the show that reminds audiences of what the holiday is really all about, is at the Goodman. There is no better choice; this is a tradition. This is a holiday extravaganza with a heart, and a must-see at this time of year. Do not miss it!"
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...The physical comedy of both Yando’s Scrooge and Ron Rains’ Bob Cratchit set the tone for the production. Tom Creamer made a few alterations to the book, including rewriting the character of Scrooge’s nephew as a niece named Frida (Ali Burch). This switch has little impact on the plot, though I seem to remember the character meaning more to past productions of the play. I wonder what the intention of the change was since it wasn’t given an appropriate amount of stage time to be relevant."
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Emma Terhaar

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Larry Yando has reached his 10th year as Scrooge, and he certainly does not disappoint. The character of Scrooge travels a challenging emotional journey, from reliving lost love to witnessing the hardships of the Cratchit household, and Yando brings this to life beautifully. Especially in the harsh moments of Scrooge’s past that start to explain the current state of the negative, cynical businessman, Yando expresses a lovely sense of honesty that truly helps the audience root for his redemption."
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Lauren Katz

The Hawk Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Reprising the role of Scrooge and leading this all-star cast is Larry Yando, a Scrooge perfectly recalcitrant and, eventually, infectiously elated. Though I’m still not sold on her punk-rock costuming, Molly Brennan’s Ghost of Christmas Past offers an energetic and refreshingly different take on the show’s first spirit, followed by Lisa Gaye Dixon’s wonderful turn as the typically male-portrayed Ghost of Christmas Present. Ali Birch is especially warm and genuine as Frida, and I would venture to guess that there was not a dry eye in the audience as Paris Strickland’s Tiny Tim blessed everyone in one of the play’s most beloved lines. In short, the cast as a whole was outstanding, with not a notable weak link among them."
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Emily Schmidt

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...On its 40th anniversary, the Goodman production was perfect from Todd Rosenthal's set, Keith Parkham's lighting and Heidi Sue McMath's costume design to appropriately scary, tear jerking and joyous scenes played by many "Christmas Carol" regulars."
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Jodie Jacobs

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...It really shouldn't matter whether this is the first or fifteenth time you've seen Goodman's version of this show. On opening night, there was a large contingent who clearly were there for the first time, from their reactions, and they were loving it. Me? It was about my eighth time, and I loved it too. There is simply nothing not to love about it. A Christmas Carol is the Christmas classic in Chicagoland. If you love Christmas, it's the go-to show of the year."
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