If a one-man “Carol” strikes you as mere humbug, strive the relative luxurious of Jack Thorne’s “A Christmas Carol” on the Previous Vic, directed by Matthew Warchus. (A version played on Broadway two winters in the past.) On this manufacturing, livestreamed from an empty theater, Andrew Lincoln stars as Scrooge. 13 different actors help in his transformation (oldvictheatre.com, via Dec. 24). Or take into account the wizardry of Manual Cinema, which tells the story with a whole lot of paper puppets and silhouettes (manuelcinema,com, via Dec. 20). Or shut your eyes because the ghosts of Christmas previous, current and future seem by way of audio in “A Christmas Carol on Air” from the American Conservatory Theater, which takes the theater’s beloved vacation manufacturing and adapts it for radio (act-sf.org, on demand via Dec. 31).
Vacation Tales, Retold
This season, many corporations have retrofitted acquainted tales to raised mirror the themes of an unfamiliar 12 months, providing consolation or its reverse. Let’s begin with what a narrative like “Twas the Evening Earlier than Christmas” leaves out. Do you actually suppose it’s jolly Saint Nick who kinds out learn how to distribute all of the presents? As a mild corrective, North London’s Little Angel Theater, provides a free on-line puppet present, “Mother Christmas,” wherein Mrs. Claus organizes the package deal supply (out there on YouTube). Choose a darker imaginative and prescient of the Christmas story? Attempt “Krampusnacht,” a dwell immersive digital actuality expertise that guarantees to disclose horror beneath that pink go well with (krampusnachtvr.com, via Dec. 27).
Elsewhere, the visionary director Mary Zimmerman reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” for a wordless, enchanting livestream, hosted by the Lookingglass Theatre Firm (lookingglasstheatre.org, via Dec. 27). And Kitchen Zoo and Northern Stage rework one other Andersen story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” right into a cockles-warming vacation story of two fashion-conscious con artists (northernstage.co.uk, via Dec. 31).
The Christmas-industrial complicated is mighty, however for these in search of some Hanukkah counterprogramming, Untitled Theater Firm has reworked its kids’s theater present “Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee” for distant efficiency. By way of Skype, Zoom or telephone, an actor will join with a teenager in your family for a time-traveling, dreidel-playing journey (untitledtheater.com, via Dec. 20).