Ryan Beltram, EDN
It’s a slow week in local theater. Many productions ended last week and as you can imagine, everyone is focused on stuffing their faces with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. But not everyone is taking a break this week:
The Actors Cabaret of Eugene is continuing its production of A Christmas Carol. Following a Thanksgiving break, the play will resume Nov. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 2 for another two weeks of shows.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol follows holiday grump Ebenezer Scrooge who is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, missed opportunities during his youth and his current cruelties towards everyone around him. During the night before Christmas, the spirits warn him of the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.
Dickens’ story has been interpreted many times both on stage and screen. George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart and Kelsey Grammer have all portrayed the notoriously grumpy holiday character Scrooge. The most recent incarnation of the story came out two years ago with Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. While claiming to be the closest interpretation to Dickens’ story, the animated film was far too dark and lifeless to become a holiday staple.
Personally I prefer Richard Donner’s version Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. Murray’s character isn’t named Scrooge, but the character of Frank Cross embodies the same traits: selfishness, arrogance, cruelty. It’s not quite as dark as the other versions of the story, and with Murrary as the star, many scenes are more humorous than scary or dark.
So while you won’t get Bill Murray, Jim Carrey or George C. Scott performing on stage, at least there’s something for local theater fans this week.
Ticket prices for A Christmas Carol:
Dinner and the show, $41.95
Brunch and the show, $36.95
Prime reserved seats (section C), $27.00
Matinee prime reserved seats (section C), $24.00
Reserved seats, $24.00
Matinee reserved seats, $21.00
Restricted view seats, $16.00