The timeless, classic tale, “A Christmas Carol,” shows us the meaning of Christmas, how it’s never too late to change for the better, and hope for a better tomorrow. Henry Wishcamper directs Charles Dickens’ book at Goodman Theatre until December 28th, 2013. The play talks about Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter and stingy man, who’s spent most of his life not caring about others and just focusing on the money and riches. After a visit from a friend, he gets the chance to accept the mistakes he’s made and learn from them, becoming a better person along the way. I thought the play was amazing and magical even, the set design and effects of the play is something definitely worth seeing to start feeling the spirit of Christmas this joyful holiday!
“A Christmas Carol” is about a mean old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (Larry Yando). Scrooge for most of his life has been a penny-pinching and foul man who despised Christmas more than anything. He gets a visit from his old, deceased friend, Jacob Marley (Joe Foust), who warns him that all of Scrooge’s bad deeds and actions are going to reciprocate him in the future if he doesn’t change his ways. Marley also tells him that he will be visited by 3 ghosts: The Ghost of Christmas Past (Elizabeth Ledo, The Ghost of Christmas Present (A.C. Smith), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Hope). So Scrooge embarks in his tragic past; where he lost his sister Fan (Haley Bolithon), true love Belle (Atra Asdou), and the spirit of Christmas. Then we divulge into the present where he sees how one of his workers, Bob Cratchit (Ron Rains) and his poor family celebrate Christmas in their tiny home. Also, Scrooge’s nephew, Fred (Anish Jethmalani) celebration at Christmas, showing how much Fred really does want Scrooge in his life, but at the same time, feels hurt of the lack of love Scrooge has for him. By the time Scrooge reaches the future, he starts to come around. Realizing his wrongdoings and wanting to change for the better. In the future, one of Bob Cratchit’s children, Tiny Tim (Matthew George Abraham) dies and the family is devastated. Also, Scrooge is dead and is missed by no one and clearly no one shows interest or remorse for his death. Scrooge, at this point, is begging for his second chance and to change. And he does, he wakes up on Christmas Day and is overjoyed and shows in a very comedic way, his turn-around. He helps others, smiles, laughs, and comes around finally.
I found this play to be amazing. What really had me in awe were the set designs and the special effects in the play. The sets were detailed and looked very realistic. And I loved how they would move the sets to the next one and it had you thinking, “How did they do it?” The special effects were incredible, especially the part where the Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge were “flying”, it had everybody thinking they actually were flying! The costumes were amazing as well, I loved the costumes of The Ghost of Christmas Past and the dresses the women in the play wore. They looked like they matched the era the play was based on. The play overall had the magical feeling to it. I saw that there were a lot of families attending the play and I can see why, the children there clearly showed love for it. I would see their little faces looking at the play with surprise, wonder, and awe.
Overall, I found the play to be amazing! Everybody knows the classic tale of, “A Christmas Carol”, so a lot of us have seen dozens of versions of it. But you don’t usually love all of them, in this case, I loved Goodman’s reprise of the play. It was amazing and it has an incredible message of hope and redemption. And how everyone, no matter what they’ve done, deserves a second chance to become a better person.