If a a single-male “Carol” strikes you as mere humbug, check out the relative luxurious of Jack Thorne’s “A Xmas Carol” at the Old Vic, directed by Matthew Warchus. (A variation performed on Broadway two winters back.) In this manufacturing, livestreamed from an empty theater, Andrew Lincoln stars as Scrooge. 13 other actors assist in his transformation (oldvictheatre.com, through Dec. 24). Or think about the wizardry of Guide Cinema, which tells the tale with hundreds of paper puppets and silhouettes (manuelcinema,com, by way of Dec. 20). Or close your eyes as the ghosts of Xmas past, existing and upcoming surface by way of audio in “A Christmas Carol on Air” from the American Conservatory Theater, which requires the theater’s beloved vacation output and adapts it for radio (act-sf.org, on desire as a result of Dec. 31).
Holiday break Tales, Retold
This period, numerous corporations have retrofitted acquainted tales to superior reflect the themes of an unfamiliar yr, presenting comfort or its reverse. Let us begin with what a story like “Twas the Evening In advance of Christmas” leaves out. Do you really imagine it’s jolly Saint Nick who types out how to distribute all the provides? As a gentle corrective, North London’s Minimal Angel Theater, delivers a totally free on the internet puppet present, “Mother Xmas,” in which Mrs. Claus organizes the offer shipping (offered on YouTube). Want a darker eyesight of the Xmas story? Try out “Krampusnacht,” a dwell immersive virtual truth knowledge that claims to expose horror beneath that red accommodate (krampusnachtvr.com, by Dec. 27).
In other places, the visionary director Mary Zimmerman reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” for a wordless, enchanting livestream, hosted by the Lookingglass Theatre Organization (lookingglasstheatre.org, by way of Dec. 27). And Kitchen area Zoo and Northern Stage rework one more Andersen tale, “The Emperor’s New Outfits,” into a cockles-warming holiday break story of two fashion-conscious con artists (northernstage.co.uk, by Dec. 31).
The Christmas-industrial sophisticated is mighty, but for individuals wanting for some Hanukkah counterprogramming, Untitled Theater Business has reworked its children’s theater present “Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee” for distant performance. By means of Skype, Zoom or cell phone, an actor will connect with a young human being in your home for a time-traveling, dreidel-enjoying journey (untitledtheater.com, by way of Dec. 20).