Christmas almost seems incomplete without at least one viewing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There are myriad television and movie versions that fill up the channels during the next three weeks; however, for those of us who love live theater, I heartily recommend Chapel Street Players presentation of SCROOGE’S CHRISTMAS.
In his director’s note in the program for Chapel Street Players’ “Scrooge’s Christmas,” Timothy Sheridan talks about the perceived simplicity of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
“If it were that simple,” he writes, “I would not see the point in bringing their story to life.”
Sheridan’s interpretation of Ken Jones’ version of the classic story,
As an audience member who attended the performance of AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITLE last night, I just wanted to express my thanks to Chapel Street Players for providing audiences with this darkly funny look at sisters, their lives and their school system. I wondered why the play used the school system as its environment and so I Googled the author,
Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the 1946 film that became a cult Christmas classic in the 1980s, is getting a 1940s-style radio treatment at Chapel Street Theatre in Newark through Saturday.
Under the direction of Brian M. Touchette, this simple, stripped down format proves to be a brilliant way to bring a story that rapidly shifts time and place to the stage,
Back in the day, families would gather around the radio to listen to serials that would be broadcast. Today, we have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and many other media outlets that still provide “serials” in some fashion. Chapel Street Players took a favorite holiday story (It’s a Wonderful Life) and joined it with a classic way of storytelling (the radio play).