As we get closer to the holidays, there will be plenty of opportunities to see “A Christmas Carol” – from black and white movie versions to musical adaptations to theater productions. This time of year it is almost as hard to avoid that miserable miser Scrooge as it is that jolly fat guy in the red suit.
The Puppet Co down at Glen Echo Park is currently celebrating a double anniversary. This season marks the 30th anniversary of the Puppet Co, and their current production of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” also celebrating its 25th anniversary.
First performed with the Arlington Symphony, the set and costumes have evolved and been refurbished over the years, but this imaginatively condensed version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic remains very much intact.
So far this season, Imagination Stage has been totally cold blooded.
They started with an adaptation of Judith Viorst’s “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” and now for the holidays they gives us a more compact reptile with “Lyle the Crocodile.” Amphibians around the world demand equal time.
Adventure Theater MTC kicks off the holiday season with their current production of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but how does one take that famous carol, with its ever increasing gift list, and turn it into a play?
One could make it a romantic love story, since it is all about what “my true love gave to me.” One could also develop a comedy out of the song – just what does one do with nine maids a milking, and you lords quit leaping in the kitchen, I just mopped the floors.
Instead, this world premier play at Adventure Theater turns the holiday carol into a detective story. It is admittedly a very comical, almost slapstick detective story geared for younger audience members, and it works very well.