An Ethereal Production of Tom Mula's Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
Director Jon Tracy has assembled four brilliant actors to narrate the story and play the various roles. They also move the stage props around, making a large wooden table into a desk or turning it over to make Scrooge's four poster bed. It is an energetic production with the four jumping and running across the stage speaking in a poetic language. I must admit, it sometimes becomes overbearing and confusing.
Khris Lewin is excellent as Jacob Marley. He has created an absorbing character and is perfect as the money-grabbing partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. He is able to go from being a narrator to the character very smoothly.
Nicholas Pelczar as a lively Ebenezer Scrooge gives a fine performance. His movements about the stage, especially after Scrooge has been redeemed on Christmas morning, are delightful. Stacy Ross is excellent as the crispy old Record Keeper who gives Jacob a chance to redeem himself if he can get Scrooge to get some Christmas spirit. She also plays the Shadow of Death which is imaginatively and inventively accomplished. Rami Margron is a dynamo, playing various characters including Jacob's sidekick Bogle. This cast does a bang up job.
Nina Ball has devised an interesting and somewhat gloomy, dark set that includes raw scaffolding, enhanced by lighting by Kurt Landisman. Jon Tracy's direction is sharp and lively, giving a lot of energy-driven movements to the cast. Heidi Leigh Hanson dresses the actors in 21st century work outfits.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol plays through December 22nd at Marin Theatre, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. For tickets call 415-388-5208 or visit www.marintheatre.org. Coming up next is the world premiere of Carson Kreitzer's Lasso of Truth.