Already closed | 1h 30m | Harlem

A Christmas Carol in Harlem (2018)

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Delightful, Relevant

About the show

This timeless, seasonal story from Charles Dickens has been modernized, set in Harlem and infused with The Classical Theatre of Harlem's signature style of re-inventing classic works with an urban flair. More…

"A Christmas Carol in Harlem" places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving, and prosperous community.

1h 30m | Already closed | Aaron Davis Hall (Harlem)

Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Delightful, Relevant

68
Entertaining, Nice dancing & singing, Inoffensive, Benign

See it if you're a fan of the Dickens holiday classic; like to see a sweet 'urban' version that takes no risks; very "G" rated, kids will like it

Don't see it if you expect an edgier, more confrontative interpretation of the old story

Also The Classic Theater of Harlem is a great little company. Their product... Read more Read less

50
Lazy adaptation

See it if Writer made Scrooge a Harlem real RE mogul but then just dropped that theme for a straightforward copy. Boring, lost oppty to say something.

Don't see it if Kids would probably be bored.Dancers are good but choreography unimaginative.Songs all missed.No real characters to care 1 way or another ab

Also I went because I've always enjoyed Classical Theater of Harlem's work ... Read more Read less

63
Excruciating, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy original story A Christmas Carol, this is set in present day Harlem& is somewhat relevant with todays high real estate prices

Don't see it if You want great singing, acting, or dancing as there is little of that. You want a big budget staging/ sets as this is bare bones production


November 30th, 2018
“Truth be told, this brisk, 90-minute production has yet to find its way...It has a curiously unfestive air despite some lovely interspersed a cappella carols...Graham’s script is problematic, too, whittling away at both the depth and number of characters...Feeling, unfortunately, goes by the way...
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December 8th, 2018
"'A Christmas Carol in Harlem' is a cozy, spirit-filled way to spend an evening, especially as a resident of Harlem...It is refreshing to be in a theatrical space that really understands and serves their target audience. Although the piece certainly is feel-good and jolly in all the right ways, I...
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December 2nd, 2018
"Shawn René Graham cleverly reworks the heartwarming 'A Christmas Carol,' changing almost none of the essentials but presenting a nearly-new story that is modernized, individual, and distinct to Harlem...It’s a great gift to see a classic, beloved tale done well, and an even greater one to see it...
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