Broadway star Kevin McGuire returns to Capital Repertory Theatre as Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s rousing new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. McGuire — who founded the Theater Company at Hubbard Hall — was recently at the REP, playing artist Mark Rothko in John Logan’s critically-acclaimed Red and previously appeared as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha.
He plays a decidedly different Scrooge downtown, surrounded by actor/musicians who remember the fun found in the original tale. Performances continue through Dec. 22.
Barlow, an English actor/comedian/playwright, is best known for his hit Broadway adaptation of the espionage thriller The 39 Steps. He has built a career on stripping stories down to their basics, and finding frivolity in the midst of tension. In The 39 Steps, one actor played the role of spy hunter Richard Hannay, and three actors played everyone else, often switching characters at high speed in mid-scene. The result was a Charles Ludlam-like wackiness that never lost sight of the true heart of the tale.
NOTE: Barlow will visit Capital Repertory Theatre on Sunday (December 15) to participate in a special edition of Behind-the-Scenes, a pre-show chat with Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. Open to the public free of charge, the chat runs 1-1:30pm, prior to the 2pm matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol.” A continental breakfast will also be available in the theater lobby beginning at 12:30pm.