by Charles Culbertson
Staunton News Leader, December 16, 2010
Think of a hot Christmas toddy — strong, spicy, sweet in just the right places, with whipped cream and cinnamon on top — and you've got this season's production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Like the drink itself, this classic Charles Dickens tale as presented by the American Shakespeare Center will warm even the iciest of souls and may even make the world a little better place in which to live.
That's pretty tall cotton for what many would argue is just a play. But "A Christmas Carol," which was, of course, originally written by Dickens as a short story, becomes more than just a dramatic production in the hands of ASC's veteran troupers. Its unwavering message of hope and redemption for mankind, brought to life by some of the most vivid characters in Western literature, elevates it far beyond the mere padding of feet upon a stage or the delivery of words to the back of a room.
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