Theatre Mirror Reviews - "A Christmas Carol"

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"A Christmas Carol"
Granite Theatre"

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 timeless classic. The Granite Theatre presents Artistic Director David Jepson's adaptation and performance of a one man version of the show. It's an opportunity for anyone who was unable to see Patrick Stewart's adaptation during the 1991 Broadway season 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 on of the best Scrooges of the season.

He uses a simple set with black curtains, a podium, a chair and the gravestone plus wonderful sound effects. David starts off the play narrating it and then becomes the characters he talks about. He mesmerizes 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 the Fezziwig party, to poignant when he views the break-up with Belle scene and how Tiny Tim's death has affected him. David's transformation scene is wonderful to behold.So for a fabulous rendition of this well known tale be sure to catch David Jepson in his one man show in Westerly.

"A Christmas Carol" (8 - 15 December)
THE GRANITE THEATRE
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI
1 (401)596-4321

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