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.