Back again with a fresh review, this time for Austin Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”
“A Christmas Carol” has become woven so tightly into the Christmas experience that it has taken its place as an indispensable holiday tradition. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a mean and stingy man, dead of spirit, into ”as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old City knew” still brings delight in the telling. That is true in spades in this delightful one-woman production starring Bernadette Nason and directed by Lara Toner. All the essential characters are there, brought to life by Ms. Nason with a distinct voice and look for each, so that you always know precisely who is speaking, what they look like, and how we should feel about them. Ms. Nason and Ms. Toner keep the characters moving about precisely so that the show is never static, and Don Day’s subtle lighting keeps us in tune with the many changes in time and space. And at the end you will find yourself with a tear at this charming and moving story.
A Christmas Carol still has another week of life left in it, so make sure you make your spirits bright and get down to Austin Playhouse before it’s done!