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A Christmas Carol

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Since its debut in 1978, millions of Chicagoans - adults and children alike - have been thrilled by this timeless tale of Scrooge and his voyage into Christmas past, present, and future. Critics laud it and audiences applaud it. Celebrate the magic of Chicago's favorite holiday tradition - A Christmas Carol - at the Goodman!

Listen to "Talk Theatre In Chicago" for an interview with Jonathan Weir who plays Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" Stream or Download MP3

Thru - Dec 30, 2006

Price: $30-$68

Stage: Albert Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 2hrs 15mins; one intermission

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  A Christmas Carol Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Brown has now graduated to director--the Goodman's "Carol" is as close as Chicago actors get to their own Russian repertory company--and turned over the lead to Jonathan Weir, a less ebullient Scrooge, perhaps, but a most intelligent and credible one with a genuinely intimidating bark. The result is the best Goodman "Carol" in several years."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Darker and clearer in many ways, with some neatly sharpened music and dance sequences, the show also has an intriguing lineage. Serving as director is William Brown, who played Scrooge at the Goodman for the past four years. Starring as the money-warped Scrooge is Jonathan Weir, who in previous seasons made his mark as Jacob Marley, Scrooge's late business partner."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Former Scrooge William Brown stages this production, which deepens by darkening. In Tom Creamer's lean, uncompromising adaptation, Scrooge is no mere covetous clown- he's a bogeyman so miserly he's monstrous. If he can be saved, there's hope for all of us."

Lawrence Bommer

EpochTimes - Highly Recommended

"...A production that runs so smoothly and is so sharp is composed of a number of ingredients to make this happen. Great actors, a sharp director, a set ( Todd Rosenthal) that will "knock your socks off", wonderful costuming by Heidi Sue Mcmath, special lighting by Robert Christen and sound by Lindsay Jones with some very special music added to get the recipe just right. If your ready to get into the holiday mood, get over to the Goodman and enjoy this tremendous production."

Al Bresloff

Northwest Indiana Times - Highly Recommended

"... attended the press opening on Sunday, and I'm still thinking about some of the clever and memorable scenes and performers I enjoyed during the two-hour return to Charles Dickens' classic 1843 tale."
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Philip Potempa

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Director Brown (who played the Goodman’s Ebenezer for several years and now directs the show for the first time) falls into the trap of contrasting Scrooge’s scrooginess with the over-the-top all things nice of the Fezziwigs and Cratchits. Given their forced, false joviality, it’s hard to begrudge Scrooge a “bah humbug” or two. All the more reason to admire Weir, who has us believing in such once-a-year fantasies as capitalism with a heart."
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Novid Parsi

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...If your wondering which holiday shows to see, pencil in the Goodman’s A Christmas Carol—it simply is the premiere holiday show in Chicago—that’s why it has lasted 29 years!"
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Weir is brilliant in the role, revealing layers of depth one would expect to see only from someone who had lived with the curmudgeonly skinflint a long while. He resists the urge to turn Scrooge's love of profit into a cartoon, richly illustrating the path that led to Scrooge's fateful choice to "keep all human sympathy at a distance." We witness a carefully studied and believable impatience with human nature that yields into a life altering reclamation and finally a most contagious delirium with his newfound love for life. The scars that caused Scrooge's heart to grow cold are deep, and when Weir takes a deep breath before embracing his nephew for the first time, it is a genuine and touching redemption."

Joe Stead

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