The two shows are strangely similar. Happy townspeople preparing for and celebrating the holidays. Bad guy who hates Christmas because his heart was broken or is too small. I took my eleven-year-old in tow to see both and she and I enjoyed both immensely. Although the first is perhaps more for adults and the second more for kids, both shows were perfect for nearly all ages!
DTC's production of A Christmas Carol stars Chamblee Ferguson as Scrooge and he is nothing short of stupendous. He's horrible and hilarious and you can't help but feel sorry for the poor guy despite his very poor behavior. The entire cast is terrific, as is the music and the set. Now, I didn't mind Liz Mikel as Jacob Marley. She was stellar, as always. I just would have liked a teeny explanation. I am as open-minded as the next girl. But when a black woman plays a dead white guy, I need at least a humorous aside as way of explanation.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, now playing at the Winspear/AT&T, is adorable.The show looks and sounds just like the book. For the most part any way. In this version, Max, the Grinch's dog narrates, which is a cute twist. The Grinch played by Stefan Karl was amazing. His make-up took a little getting used to. Although much else looked almost exactly like the Seuss drawings, he seemed a little strange. That aside he was funny and scary and physically very Grinchy. The show stealer however was Brooke Boyd as Cindy-Lou Who. If she was any cuter, she would have imploded. All I can say is that girl's got a career and a half ahead of her!
Both of these shows are a great way to get in the holiday spirit. So, get ye to the box office. And don't forget your Kleenex when you go to the theater...