Although this impressive version of Dickens’ 1843 Yuletide classic breaks no new ground, it unfolds with fluid invention and considerable literate charm.
David C. Nichols – Backstage
With no intermission and using barely 90 minutes, the staging by Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott feels lean and swift, in comparison to the other variations of the same story that I saw last week. But it doesn’t feel hurried — the emotional undertow is strong, as is the implicit socio-political commentary.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Times
Playing through Dec. 23, the show will be enjoyed by even the nastiest of Scrooges.
Michelle Sandoval – EdgeLosAngeles
When Geoff and his lovely co-director Julia Roderiguez-Elliott got together for this one, the idea must have been to make it fun. And, fun it is.
Michael Sheehan – OnStageLosAngeles
Fantastical stagecraft is the indisputable star of co-director Geoff Elliott’s adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly
Normally, a play like “A Christmas Carol” would be met with cynicism and condescension. However, considering the jolliness of the season and the familiarity of the holiday classic, it is easy to brush off the production’s flaws and enjoy it for what it is: a joyful embrace of traditional Christmas values and atmosphere.
Sarah Itkis – Neon Tommy
What is most disappointing about the production is that in spite of its exceptional staging, delicious decorations, and clever trickery (including Marley’s chains extending from a balcony and others from the ceiling) it is for naught. These elements are overshadowed by the overall mediocrity of the actors’ performances.
Jesse David Corti – Stage and Cinema
At ANW, the text is honored most greatly, with a modern-dress narrator (Robertson Dean) walking in and out of the minimalist set to deliver much of his description from the original story itself. Co-director Geoff Elliott, as the famed curmudgeon, actually manages to make Scrooge’s transformation believable, in part by making it gradual rather than sudden.
Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review
If you’d like your children to get a sense of “A Christmas Carol” as a literary tradition, then A Noise Within’s production is a good start.
Jana Monji – LA Examiner
This is not the best Christmas Carol you’ve ever seen, but it is good enough to follow through on your busy intents and see it.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings
This current production was briskly paced, well acted and visually exciting.
Elyse Cook – Stagehappenings
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Presented by and at A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
This Thu 8 pm, Fri Dec 14 and 21 8 pm, Sat Dec 15 and 22 2 pm and 8 pm, Sun Dec 23 2 pm
Tickets: (626) 356-3100
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