A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House
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A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House NYC Reviews and Tickets

(25 Ratings)
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Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Enchanting

A one-man adaptation of the beloved holiday classic featuring Charles Dickens as narrator. 

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193 Reviews | 29 Followers
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You are a Dickens fan and have never seen a live reading. John Kevin Jones is delightful!

Don't see it if If you are a bah humbug i.e. dislike Dickens. Dislike moralistic stories. Dislike 1-man shows.

97 Reviews | 63 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want to classic tale told in a new, spellbinding way. This show is beautifully performed and perfect for the holidays. It's delightful.

Don't see it if you don't like A Christmas Carol, one-man shows, listening to stories being told, dislike period recreations, or if don't like to be charmed

72 Reviews | 6 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if The most perfect one-person telling of A Christmas Carol in the beautiful front parlor of a historic 19th century mansion.

Don't see it if You don’t like classic stories with a happy ending.

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
Great acting, Must see, Delightful, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if 1 Man tour de force of a story we all know and yet he was riveting. You actually see & feel each character, a don't miss performance

Don't see it if Not for musical fans and a drama but not really if that is what you prefer. Also if you want big productions & casts, this isn't for you

783 Reviews | 148 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Wonderful

See it if Get in the Christmas mood, Dicken tells you his story A Christmas Carol. In a beautiful old mansion.

Don't see it if If you dislike a Christmas Carol Story. If you want fast paced. Read more

144 Reviews | 110 Followers
Fun holiday experience, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Move over Nutcracker Sherlock’s in town! A fun mash up of two British classics. Great casting , clever ensemble work, & beautiful costumes

Don't see it if If British farce is not your thing. Happy Christmas All!🎄🇬🇧

119 Reviews | 16 Followers
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to enjoy a nice classic holiday show.

Don't see it if Yoy do not like Christmas carol and holiday

86 Reviews | 20 Followers
Great acting, Clever

See it if See it for the actor, he's really amazing when he just switches so seamlessly between characters.

Don't see it if If you don't like one person plays or lack of scenery/formal stage, or if you have heard the story so many times you are bored with it.

Critic Reviews (9)

New York Daily News
December 14th, 2014
For a previous production

"You don’t need CGI to get the point across. Just a good storyteller. Jones is very good. Standing in the parlor of the historic Merchant’s House Museum, which is decked for the holidays, Jones summons Charles Dickens’ classic characters seamlessly under the direction of co-adapter Rhonda Dodd. A flick of a facial expression, a shift in vocal tone and canny change in body language does the trick."
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December 5th, 2013
For a previous production

"The Summoners Ensemble Theatre eschews grandiosity for authenticity...The effect is akin to a family reading of the story, as led by a very charismatic uncle...While slightly altered for a modern audience, the text loses nothing in richness and dexterity, especially when voiced by Jones' resonant baritone...This is masterful storytelling, like a live-action book on tape...It is likely that only a few hundred people will get the pleasure of seeing it. Make sure you're one of them."
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December 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"A delightful production…There's a Christmas tree and some holiday sprucing, creating a festive and historic background for John Kevin Jones' thoroughly engaging solo performance…With outstretched arms, his ghost of Jacob Marley is an eerie, breathy growl. As directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, the assortment of characters that follow, from richly Shakespearean to music hall slick to storybook innocent, are played with realism befitting the intimate setting."
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December 9th, 2017
For a previous production

"John Kevin Jones gives Dickens' novella a fresh theatrical flavor...Jones, as stand-in for Dickens, has a commanding presence and urbane air...This take on 'A Christmas Carol' comes across like a piece of chamber music. With his endlessly expressive voice, Jones taps into the rich textures of Dickens' embroidered language and makes the iconic characters come alive one by one...The performance has no dull patches. Jones continually pulls the audience in."
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Theatre is Easy
December 19th, 2014
For a previous production

"Jones traverses the familiar moments in an abbreviated version of the novella without giving short shrift to the key plot points and themes of despair and joy, death and new beginnings...Adorned with period holiday decorations, Merchant’s House is a special place to get reacquainted with the holiday classic...Despite 'A Christmas Carol' being the recipient of countless modern-day interpretations that almost everyone has seen in one form or another, Jones’s rendering is fresh and lively."
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Theatre is Easy
December 20th, 2015
For a previous production

"It is immediately clear that Summoners Ensemble has found a capable, captivating performer in Mr. Jones. With his commanding voice and adroit cadence, Jones’ Dickens plays like a live-action audiobook. He navigates with facility the changes between characters and moments, finding humor and pathos in the complex prose...A sincere, stripped-down, wholly interesting and wholly innovative approach to the text that left me feeling the right kind of warm and fuzzy."
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Out Magazine
December 14th, 2015
For a previous production

"In the quaint yet ornate setting, Jones easily captivates the audience with his brightly hued voice. Portraying Dickens as narrator, his delight for sharing the story is tangible and intoxicating...The end result is a truly spellbinding presentation of 'A Christmas Carol' that makes the familiar tale feel fresh and new all over again. Jones’ telling of the narrative is so richly evocative that the audience often forgets that they are simply listening to someone tell them a story."
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Magical MissTari Tour
December 9th, 2016
For a previous production

"I love the story, I love Kevin, and I love this adaptation...After all these years, there's an ease and such clarity to the performances. Each character, even our omnipotent narrator, is so beautifully delineated, it's as if we've seen 20 actors instead of one. The ease also added a lot more natural humor in the piece, which then set off the powerful humanity at the end of the evening. I was weeping, as always."
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