Review: A Christmas Carol during Miners Alley Is Fun, though a Little Off-Key
December 8, 2016 - accent chair
Patrick Barlow’s instrumentation of A Christmas Carol, now personification during Miners Alley, walks a line between comedy and moments of genuine pathos. Barlow is a author of a Tony-winning The 39 Steps, a sendup of Hitchcock that’s also an homage, and his smart Christmas Carol script is sincerely loyal to a obvious story of Scrooge’s conversion. Here it’s told by 5 actors, and with a difference of Jim Hunt, who’s Scrooge, everybody here plays mixed roles: human, resounding and infrequently inanimate, like a door, chair or blazing fire. There’s lots of comic business, though Barlow stays loyal to a heart of a story: Scrooge’s acclimatisation and devout rebirth.
This Scrooge is a income lender who early in a uncover offers 5 pounds to a desperately bad mom of several children, afterwards reveals a 100 percent seductiveness due in a week. He sneers during a resounding manifestations, during one indicate encircling a theatre and job on a betrothed suggestion who hasn’t nonetheless arrived, “Ghosty. Ghosty. Ghosty,” like a male acid for a mislaid cat.
The Miners Alley production, destined by Len Matheo and Meridith C. Grundei, has amusement and attract and creates for a fun holiday evening, though it’s not as relocating as it could be, and, conversely, a amusement isn’t pointy enough. Many of a laughs come from some shameless and horribly shrill overacting. There’s a slew of quick babbled accents on stage, and a courtesy in ubiquitous isn’t on a dialogue. Lisa DeCaro, who does a integrate of desirable turns as a unfortunate mom during a commencement and immature Scrooge’s fiancée, gives a Ghost of Christmas Present a musical Irish accent, though speaks so quick that a difference upsurge past your ears though entering.
I’m not certain because a play I’ve seen described in reviews as a quick ninety mins goes on for dual hours, though this chronicle really needs cutting. And isn’t Tiny Tim ostensible to be a puppet? Here he’s simply invisible, and while actors kissing a atmosphere above an dull sofa on that a kid is presumably sitting got a lot of delight from a audience, it private a romantic heart of a story.
But only as in a strange Dickens story, there is redemption. It comes from a always glorious Josh Hartwell, who’s really humorous as Marley’s Ghost and also peaceful and touching as Bob Cratchit. And Hunt gives all he has to Scrooge, capering like a grinning simpleton while insisting that all is “ticketyboo,” meant as a mouth of ruin itself when denying his clerk a elementary regard of an additional square of coal, and so profoundly invested in Scrooge’s joyous mutation that we can’t assistance shouting along with him — even while blinking behind a rip or two.
A Christmas Carol, presented by Miners Alley Playhouse by Dec 23 during 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden. For information, call 303-935-3044 or go to minersalley.com.