Theatre Mirror Reviews -"A Christmas Carol --- GRANITE"

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"A Christmas Carol

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Granite Theatre's special holiday presentation this year is a one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol". It is a one-of-a-kind presentation of this timely classic. The Granite Theatre presents Artistic Director David Jepson's adaptation and performance of a one man version of this show. It is an opportunity for anyone who was unable to see Patrick Stewart's adaptation during its Broadway run in 1991 to see an amazing feat of transformative acting. David is amazing in this role playing 18 different characters. He delivers a tour-de-force performance and is riveting playing this curmudgeon, making him one of the best Scrooges of this season. David wins a spontaneous standing ovation at curtain as a reward for his expertise.

David uses a simple set with black curtains, a podium, a chair and the gravestone plus wonderful sound effects. Brian Olsen handles the many lighting cues and terrific sound effects. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Carol of the Bells'' are played at the beginning of the show. David starts off the play narrating it and then becomes the characters he talks about. He entrances the audience with his energetic portrayal of Scrooge, the four ghosts and assorted characters in this tale. David switches from character to character seamlessly, using different voices in his portrayal. He runs the gamut of emotions from the comic, when he describes Fezziwig's party to poignant when he views the break up with Belle and the death of Tiny Tim. He displays how these two saddened him immensely. David's transformation scene is wonderful to behold. He does a superior job with the show this year. So for a topnotch rendition of the timeless classic, be sure to catch David Jepson in his one man show in Westerly.

"A Christmas Carol"l (13 - 23 December)
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI

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