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  Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Reviews
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Geffen Playhouse

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Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended

"...No one, however, had to talk me into seeing this new production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Geffen Playhouse. All it took was the name Jefferson Mays, the Tony-winning virtuoso, who is single-handedly populating the story through the summoning powers of his acting. For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season."
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Charles McNulty



Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...But a new image has taken hold in my head, and I suspect it won’t let go easily. For now, I am quite sure that when anyone mentions the Dickens story, the first thing I will see is Jefferson Mays staring into my soul in his brilliantly staged one-man version — not a play so much as a dramatic reading — adapted by Mr. Mays, his wife Susan Lyons, and director Michael Arden."
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Samuel Garza Bernstein



Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended

"...A New York-based director, star, and production design team have joined forces to bring Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to spectacular solo-performance life at the Geffen Playhouse."
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Steven Stanley



Total Theater- Highly Recommended

"...Working in a tight circle of light in a creepy setting designed by Dane Laffrey and lit by Ben Stanton, Mays commands the stage from the onset and proceeds to dazzle with his storytelling gifts. Loafers and Stanton's stagecraft is equally impressive, especially in the scene in which Scrooge's guilty conscience kicks in and he suffers from the unmerciful taunts of his victims' ghosts. It is a chilling supernatural moment which gives Dickens's sentimental tale a deeper, darker psychological dimension...and makes you feel a bit more kindly toward the despicable Scrooge. It also prepares you for his redemption, which occurs in a clap of thunder and light suggesting heavenly intervention."
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Willard Manus