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A Christmas Carol (Origin Theatre Company)

From 4 critic and 4 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Confusing, Absorbing

About the show

The past, present, and future intermingle in Origin Theatre Company's one-man, site-specific parlor performance of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic taking place in the Chelsea townhouse and theater space. More…

Adapting Dickens’ little-used original performance text, Origin’s immersive staging transforms the Chelsea home of the actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. They fill the 19th century townhouse with the sights, sounds and smells of both a large Victorian home, and a more modest dwelling circa 1853, which will heighten the inter-dependence of the haves and have-nots inherent in the story. Mince pie and mulled wine, prepared on the premises, will be served during the performance. A small, multi-racial chorus singing period carols will also evoke the season.  The one-man version of the story features the distinguished African-American opera singer and actor Elmore James.

Theater Pizzazz

"With only one performer playing all roles and a three person chorus singing carols at the beginning, this classic tale has charm and wit...The result is a lovely recitation of a holiday classic. It is full of theme, and rich with perfectly executed text...Director Erwin Maas has made certain that the depth of the text is understood throughout the entire play...Here’s to Origin Theatre, for also providing mulled wine and minced pie, a delightful addition to a surprisingly inventive hour of th... Full Review

Plays to See

"No matter your knowledge of 'A Christmas Carol,' the comfort of the room and the striking entrance of our narrator is guarantee enough that a treat is in store...James performs 'A Christmas Carol' with all the over-the-top theatricality that only a Broadway veteran can bring...The other star of the show is the soundtrack...There’s nothing quite like having a great story read to you, and getting the chance to savour every word." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Songs of love and hope/Steadily set the pace/As a Dickens classic waits/To burst out from the page...Elmore James, Elmore James/Jolly all the way/There’s no way you leave this show/Without a happy face." Full Review

The Irish Echo

"A good time seems assured...James brings his resonant gravitas and operatic talents to bear and shares several in-jokes with the audience as his walks about the room enacting the different characters...One off-note is James’s almost snide Marley...Also absent—though much has to be cut for a reading—was the explanation of what made Scrooge as he was." Full Review

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging

See it if Wow - A Christmas Carol like it was meant to be experienced. From beginning to end, felt taken care of (minced pie, mulled wine, warmth...)

Don't see it if If you are a Scrooge!

Also Nostalgic setting for this Christmas classic. If this doesn't get you ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You're feeling festive

Don't see it if You want something more on the serious side

Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You would like a unique environmental Christmas holiday outing along with a classic traditional story. Mulled wine and Mince pies included!

Don't see it if You hate Christmas

Confusing, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You like long movies.

Don't see it if You get bored easily.

Cast & Creatives (4)