A Christmas Carol
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★★★½ "After keeping things the same for years, the Goodman Theatre has, these past couple of seasons, been taking what you might call a Six Flags approach to upgrading its long-running, and hitherto scenically tired, production. Just as a theme park adds a new marquee attraction and refurbishes its rides to keep its brand fresh and income buoyant, so the Goodman has been changing parts of the show and then fitting them into the existing landscape. Director Henry Wishcamper certainly picks up the darker tone — he knows when to cut out the usual Dickensian clutch of atmospheric characters and leave the stage to Larry Yando, alone with his past decision-making. This actor gets better with every passing year, as he should in this particular role, and his internal monologue really drives the storytelling now. That's what makes it so easy to see oneself." -Chris Jones