A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Theatermania

The holiday season has come to the Ahmanson Theatre, where London’s Old Vic Theatre has installed its annual A Christmas Carol, with Bradley Whitford playing Scrooge. While Jack Thorne’s new adaptation does attempt to add dimension to the Scrooge character, painting childhood abuse and a misguided desperation for money as a motivation to evolve into the cold, calculated protagonist of the tale, director Matthew Warchus’s vision of turning A Christmas Carol into a psychological drama still reveals the cardboard plotting of the Charles Dickens classic. And even with changes, even the five Tony Award-winning design elements lack enough grandeur to fully recommend this presentation.
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Now running through January 1, 2022