The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey brings A Christmas Carol to vibrant life

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Wrapping up their 49th season, director Bonnie J. Monte and the ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre have brought Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol to vibrant life. Following the journey of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, played by a superb Philip Goodwin, the production uses impressive effects and scene changes to recreate Victorian London.

A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Photos by Gerry Goodstein

A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Photos by Gerry Goodstein

Scrooge is initially awful to his long suffering yet loveable clerk Bob Cratchit, the always excellent Greg Jackson, and even to his own nephew Fred, played with charm by Clark Carmichael. However, visits from the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley (Greg Jackson), as well as three additional spirits delving into his past (Erin Partin), present (Ames Adamson), and future (Clark Carmichael), wake Scrooge up to his flaws and show him the true meaning of Christmas.

The effects, scene changes, lighting, costuming, and set design all serve to create a magic portal that transports the audience to another time. By turns funny, spooky, and touching, this portrayal of A Christmas Carol is a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit and a further testament to the skill and commitment of the Shakespeare Theatre oj New Jersey. As a reviewer, I for one cannot wait to see what they achieve in their 50th season.

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show review.

Wrapping up their 49th season, director Bonnie J. Monte and the ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre have brought Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol to vibrant life. Following the journey of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, played by a superb Philip Goodwin, the production uses impressive effects and scene changes to recreate Victorian London.