Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

A Christmas Carol
by Amelia Orozco
2018-12-04

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


By: Tom Creamer

At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: GoodmanTheatre.org; $25-$119. Runs through: Dec. 30

Charles Dickens' manner of telling the simple man's story lives on in the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, a Chicago tradition 1978. This most recent production ( adapted by Tom Creamer and directed by Henry Wishcamper ) is a treasure to see, with sentiments to carry all year long and not just during the giving season. Larry Yando plays Scrooge—the miser turned benevolent spender—for the 11th season.

Together with his younger double, ( Asher Alcantara as the Boy Scrooge, Christopher Shepard as Scrooge as a young man ) Yando's older-adult version of Ebenezer gives audiences reason to pity and concurrently root for the old lad as he comes to his senses. Ghostly apparitions scare the hell out of Scrooge's unsuspecting soul and show little mercy on Ebenezer as he falls into bed on Christmas Eve. It may as well have been All Hallow's Eve: Some of Scrooge's isitors were grim in both appearance and demeanor ( especially Breon Arzell as the Ghost of Christmas Future ). Through it all, Yando delivers a delicious performance imbued with hilarious antics and physical comedy.

Comedy aside, Ebenezer comes through as the hopeless, tired and stingy old man that he is. Good thing the Ghost of Christmas Past ( Molly Brennan ) gives this production the pizazz it sometimes lacks: The action moves at a slower pace than the Metra at times, but that is to be expected in a story deeply steeped in tradition and values. The plot takes time to unfurl into the fully blossomed lesson intertwined within it. With her quick wit, vibrant costuming, sassy buzz-cut and Cirque de Soleil-worthy moves ( Tommy Rapley, choreographer ), a ghoul never looked so chic as Brennan.

Equally stunning is Jasmine Bracey's Ghost of Christmas Present. Bracey delivers the goods Scrooge so desperately needs to see—the gloomy day-to-day challenges of the Cratchit family, a large group living on a lean budget. The poor but unreasonably cheery Bob Cratchit ( Thomas J. Cox ) makes all those uninspired folkswho dread trudging back to work after a holiday seem shallow and superficial. After all, the Cratchits are seen giving up creature comforts like heat and silver candelabrums in exchange for a humble Christmas feast.

If by this point, audience members had managed to keep a dry eye, they soon gave up that hope with the arrival of Tiny Tim ( Paris Strickland, back for the second consecutive year ). Aside from being the first female to play Tiny Tim at Goodman, Stickland is also a cancer survivor. This, mixed with the high emotions the Cratchits embody, gives the production huge heart.

The design elements sprinkled throughout ( including Keith Parham's lighting, Heidi Sue McMath's costumes, Andrew Hansen's original music and the live quartet of Malcolm Ruhl, Maddi Ruhl, Andrew Coil and Justin Amolsch ) add to the splendor and the production's overall grandeur.

There is no time like the present to do the right thing, and Ebenezer realizes this at the nick ( no pun intended ) of time. A Christmas Carol has the magic of Christmas and the inspiration of a New Years' resolution, all wrapped up in one.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Total Bent 2019-02-15 - Authors: Stew and Heidi Rodewald At: The Den Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: HavenTheatreChicago.com; $35. Runs through: March 10 ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Fulfillment Center 2019-02-13 - Playwright: Abe Koogler At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-40; ARedOrchidTheatre.org. Runs through: March 24 These ...


Gay News

Nederlander Theatre lights marquee 2019-02-13 - Broadway In Chicago's newly named James M. Nederlander Theatre recently lit its marquee for the first time. The venue, at 24 W. ...


Gay News

The Jeff Awards to present panel on Latinx Theater 2019-02-12 - February 12, 2019, Chicago, IL - The Jeff Awards meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater will include a panel ...


Gay News

SPOTLIGHT on Underscore Theatre's Chicago Musical Theatre Festival 2019-02-12 - Is the next Hamilton lurking in Chicago? Stranger things have happened. Underscore Theatre's ambitious 5th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival includes nine concert ...


Gay News

Critics' Picks 2019-02-12 - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porchlight Music Theatre at the Ruth Page Auditorium, through March 16. A score that hearkens to ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder 2019-02-12 - Playwright: Book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak At: Porchlight Music Theater at ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Pipeline 2019-02-12 - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.. Tickets: $27-60; VictoryGardens.org . Runs through: March 3 Thinking about ...


Gay News

Afterglow opening at Pride Arts Center March 27 2019-02-09 - Chicago, IL - Casting for the Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW, an off-Broadway hit from 2017 exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between ...


Gay News

Pride Films and Plays offers Buyer & Cellar, comedy of life in Streisand's basement 2019-02-09 - Pride Films and Plays will mount Jonathan Tolin's one-man play BUYER & CELLAR in the Broadway Theater of the Pride Arts Center, according ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.