Why in the world do we need another stage version of "A Christmas Carol?"
There's a joke that any struggling theatre can meet its budget by year end if they have an elderly actor who can pull off Scrooge. Though a little campy, the joke seakes to a larger need; we want to hear his story. Parts of the story are as engraved in our culture as "Hamlet." Audiences want to hear Scrooge growl "Bah, Humbug" and the innocent Tiny Tim coo "God Bless Us, Everyone!" They want to be reminded of the redemptive power of the season.
Dickens appears as the narrator and almost invites the audience to tell the story along with him. At the same time , it is short and sweet; 90 minutes, straight through with no embellishment.