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Review: A Christmas Carol at Indiana Repertory Theatre

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Ryan Artzberger and Liz Kimball in the IRT's A Christmas Carol. - ZACH ROSING
  • Zach Rosing
  • Ryan Artzberger and Liz Kimball in the IRT's A Christmas Carol.

If you've never seen Indiana Repertory Theatre's A Christmas Carol, this is a good year to go. And if you go every year, this is also a good year to see it. The production is both reliably beautiful (that snow!) and freshly satisfying.

The new mix of actors is lovely under Courtney Sale’s direction. And there are subtle new pleasures in the design elements. This year I particularly appreciated the gorgeous period costumes designed by Murell Horton and the musical embellishments composed by Andrew Hopson.

ZACH ROSING
  • Zach Rosing

You know the iconic story, right? A miserly jerk gets a four-part wake-up call one Christmas Eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited first by his dead friend, Marley, and then the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Fortunately, he pays attention. He wakes up mentally as well as physically the next morning and lives his life differently from then on.

Tom Haas’ stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella has the actors telling the story about their characters as they act it out at a brisk pace. This means you get to enjoy the original's rich language without getting bogged down by it.
ZACH ROSING
  • Zach Rosing

Each of the actors plays more than one role except Scrooge, played for the fifth consecutive year by Ryan Artzberger. His portrayal grows more nuanced every year. He takes his time with the moment when Scrooge wakes up, laughing at the unexpected joy of it. 

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