A new take on a Christmas classic
December 4, 2006
In Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Jacob Marley appears only as a ghost, dragging around chains and warning his surviving business partner, Ebeneezer Scrooge, of the consequences of greed. In Tom Mula’s re-imagining of the story, some heft is added to the character.
“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” puts Marley at the center of the play: In order to be released from bondage in the netherworld, he must find a way to transform the cold-hearted Scrooge.
The alternate version features the same characters as Dickens’ enduring classic ” the beaten-down clerk, Bob Cratchit; the sweet, simple Tiny Tim ” and echoes the familiar themes of redemption and the Christmas spirit. But it takes a different point of view, and even brings humor into the picture.
The Hudson Reed Ensemble’s version, directed by Kent Reed, has four actors ” Charisse Layne, Gary Morabito, Kim Nuzzo and Tim Rafelson ” portraying 18 characters with a lot of imagination and little in the way of costume changes. The family-friendly play has evening performances Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17, at Aspen High School’s Black Box Theatre.
The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.