A Christmas Carol returns for the holiday season. First published by Charles Dickens in 1843, even today this timeless tale is still incredibly entertaining. The ACT Theatre has performed this classic play for 32 consecutive years so it is no wonder that their rendition is flawless in its delivery. David Pichette’s performance as Ebenezer Scrooge was most remarkable. Pichette first played Scrooge at ACT Theatre 25 years ago and he masterfully captures the character’s drastic transformation from a bitter tightwad and miser. The audience feels every bit of his resentment, sadness and regret as he is transported by three ghostly visitors from Christmases past, present and future.
All the performances were excellent even with some of the young actors making their ACT Theatre debut. The role of Tiny Tim is convincingly accomplished by a third grade female actor.
The play is performed in the beautiful Allen Theater, a wonderfully intimate 387-seat arena stage (theatre-in-the-round). Every seat is a good seat. You feel like you are actually a part of the performance. Visually, it is intriguing to watch the set transformation happening right before your eyes and snow drift down right in front of your feet on this arena style stage. The entire play is delivered in a brisk 90 minutes with no intermission. This felt perfect, since everyone is so busy during the holiday season.
I highly recommend taking time out to attend A Christmas Carol. You will not be disappointed. But you’d better hurry. Tickets to this immensely popular production are nearly sold out for the entire season. More information and tickets are available online through the ACT Theatre.