Don’t get us wrong– we love a good production of The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol. They’re holiday season staples, of course. But sometimes it’s nice to mix it up– lest we only watch Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life over and over and over again, right? Well, leave it the the Baltimore Theatre Project to push the envelope ever so gently with what could well become a new, local holiday staple: it’s Charlie Bethel’s one-man rendition of Charles Dickens’ The Seven Poor Travellers.
Charlie Bethel animates this classic (but lesser known) Christmas story by Charles Dickens with charm and grace that will enchant audiences of all ages. If you’re unfamiliar with the tale, a nameless traveller arrives at an inn on Christmas Eve, and hosts the holiday feast for the other guests. When they ask him, late into the evening, to tell them a story, he relates a tragic, funny, riveting, and uplifting tale from his own life, a tale that newly uncovers the true meaning of Christmas for all. As the Pioneer Press put it: “Bethel is expert at weaving Dickens’ highly descriptive prose to tickle our senses. His performance is animated but not antic, and through it, it’s possible to see the battlefields, to smell the wassail, to taste the feast and to feel the anguish.” A truly memorable performance that’s perfect for the holidays.
The Seven Poor Travellers plays at the Baltimore Theatre project December 18 – 21. For tickets or more information, visit www.theatreproject.org.
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