This holiday season in local theater has brought noticeably fewer Christmas shows than in the past.
Whether in response to the country’s political climate or by coincidence, most of the theaters in Northern Delaware are skipping the sleigh bells and carols in favor of productions that capture the feel of the season without trumpeting Christmas.
You might have heard about Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s “1984” on Broadway this summer, a version so graphic that people reportedly vomited and passed out during shows.
Chapel Street Players aren’t doing that version, which just ended its Broadway run. They’re doing an adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian horror story by Robert Owens.
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,
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,