For now, I have decided to suspend the fantasy that I am a theatre critic. I have offered reviews before, but they usually end up short and timid, or long and gushing. I simply feel too close to the process of creating theatre to comfortably critique other artists engaged in that endeavor. That role, while important, is not for me (as of right now, anyway). However, I have no qualms about recommending shows that I feel should not be missed while perhaps offerings bits of constructive criticism along the way. This I will continue to do, but I really need to stop pretending I am a theatre critic in any public sense of the word.
In that spirit, I must heartily recommend that you go and see Montford Park Players’ new production of “A Christmas Carol.” While this tradition has a long history in Asheville, this production is a complete transformation from previous years and what a beauty it is. To see this cast take on such a theatrically nuanced and complex retelling of the classic tale is breathtaking. Does everything flow like a professional production? No. Did I agree with all of the choices? (Yes, I’m talking about that choice.) No. But that isn’t what is most important. What is important is everyday artists working hard, taking chances, and doing so with excellence. This production does all three in spades. Go see it. You’re welcome. And if you hate it, I’d love to hear why!
Nathan Hathaway Adams