According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge

Based on a sequel to Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge is a testament to the limitless talent of author/actor, Marvin Kaye. Addressing the audience before the show, Kaye makes it known that the performance is NOT a staged reading, but rather a form of Readers Theatre - something I had yet to experience but enjoyed immensely.

Four stools and one script was all that awaited the small audience of thirty in a black box theatre as the show began. Four actors (Stacey Jenson, H. Clark Kee, Marvin Kaye, and Nancy Temple) walked onto a stage with no set, no props, and simple costume. Armed with only their scripts in hand (which Kaye notes, “are purely symbolic”), the four talented actors made the show come to life. Vividly describing each scene and each character, the audience is able to create the world in which the show is happening. Imagine your favorite book coming to life right in front of your eyes. Only it is not one director’s view of the book, it is your own view and your own imagination.

Picking up where Dickens left off, Kaye’s sequel showcases Ebenezer Scrooge after he has dealt with the three Christmas spirits. At the end of A Christmas Carol, we only get a glimpse of this changed, better, Scrooge. Kaye’s story is one of friendship, love and most of all, a heartwarming tale of the “Bah, Humbug” man who has changed for good. It brings joy to the heart, and is one show that will definitely put you in the Christmas Spirit.

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