November 21, 2006 |
This time of year, productions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol stud the landscape like hunks of candied orange peel on a fruitcake. Much like the ubiquitous holiday dessert, those productions often end up sodden relics of a tradition that began with the best of intentions but became dreaded byproducts of seasonal tyranny. In Bristol Riverside Theatre's production of The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Scrooge has reverted to his holiday-hating self, and the three ghosts, plus Scrooge's former business partner, Jacob Marley, are now on trial for kidnapping, breaking and entering, and other offenses related to that fateful night exactly one year earlier, when Scrooge discovered his Christmas spirit.
December 16, 1994 |
No Christmas - past, present or future - would be complete without Ebenezer Scrooge. Since the days of the silents, Charles Dickens' immortal miser has pinched his pennies in many movies, including musicals, animated features and even a nattily and nastily updated spin on the story from Bill Murray in Scrooged. Talents as diverse as George C. Scott, Albert Finney and Star Trek's Patrick Stewart (currently scrooging them in on Broadway) have humbugged their way through the transformation of fiction's most storied skinflint.
December 16, 2006 |
Just when you think you've reached your lifetime quota of Christmas Carols, along comes a genuinely original production. There are, currently, at least four professional productions of stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' famous story on the boards locally (and who knows how many others lurking in high school auditoriums and community theaters), plus the inevitable TV screenings of the movie versions. But the Christmas Carol at Mum Puppettheatre is a two-man, many-puppet show. Of course, it's still the same old story, of tightwad taskmaster Ebenezer Scrooge and the visits by three ghosts, as the cosmos stages some last-ditch attempt to save him from his own inhumanity.
November 7, 1993 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday recalling the 150th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, perhaps the most enduring children's holiday story. The stamps include the characters in Charles Dickens' classic: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and, of course, Scrooge himself. Dickens was 31 when he completed A Christmas Carol in early December of 1843 after just six weeks of writing. He already was the acclaimed author of such works as Oliver Twist, and in its first week, A Christmas Carol, decorated in red binding and gilt design, sold 6,000 copies.
July 9, 1996 |
Yes, there can be a Christmas in July. Cable's TBS is going to prove it today by turning its schedule over to Christmas specials, Christmas movies and Christmas-themed episodes of such series as "Little House on the Prairie," "Bewitched," "Gilligan's Island" and "Family Matters. " The Yuletide cheer gets under way at 6:05 a.m. and will continue until 4:05 a.m. tomorrow. In fact, the only things missing will be mistletoe and, of course, cold weather. The day kicks off with the animated "Captain Planet and the Planeteers," which features an episode titled "Ghost of Porkaloin Past," a takeoff of the classic "A Christmas Carol.
December 16, 1994 |
If you know John Astin from his role as Gomez in The Addams Family television show, you won't recognize him on the stage of the Merriam Theater, where he is starring in A Christmas Carol. The makeup Astin wears to play the elderly Ebenezer Scrooge pretty much obscures the actor's familiar features. And judging from his performance, that's just the way Astin wants it. He obviously wants the audience to see the character rather than the actor playing him. He creates a very credible Scrooge and shows in the process that, though he may be best-known from appearing on television, he is also a stage actor with presence and authority.
December 6, 2011
JUST IN TIME for Christmas, hardworking taxpayers Bob Cratchit and his family (the downtrodden American public) will be wondering what decisions Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge (Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner) will be making about their economic futures. It will be interesting to watch how this modern-day Christmas story plays out. Will they side with the Cratchit family and Tiny Tim and raise taxes on themselves and banker Henry A. Potter (Wall Street CEOs)? Or, will they continue to require that banker Potter continue his Wonderful Life with his historic-low taxation entitlement?
December 22, 2011
"It was Christmas Day in the workhouse, that season of good cheer, the paupers' hearts were merry, their bellies full of beer. " - An old English bawdy NOT TO BE overly optimistic as we head into the homestretch of the holiday season, but if President Newt Gingrich is going to send us paupers back to the workhouses, I'm hoping we get beer on Christmas Day. A meager pint of ale on the holiday, after...
December 11, 2009 |
The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion will host its annual Dickens Christmas Party on Saturday afternoon, featuring a taste of Victorian hospitality. From 2 to 4:30 p.m., families can participate in a tradition of Victorian holidays, enjoying cookies and Christmas punch in the mansion's dining room. Actors portraying novelists Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott will read from the works of those authors. Children can buy items from the mansion gift shop, and an art teacher will help them wrap purchases and make holiday cards.
December 12, 1991 |
Despite the glorious sunshine and temperatures that neared 60 degrees, it felt very much like Christmas in Medford Township on Saturday afternoon at the town Christmas festival. Even with Ebenezer Scrooge spewing "Bah, humbug" all over Main Street, the spirit of the holiday prevailed. Sponsored by the Historic Medford Village Business Association to help kick off the Christmas season, the festival attracted scores of Medford residents and others, who strolled, sang and were entertained by musicians and a host of characters from the pages of Charles Dickens.