As I mentioned, this is a one-man-show, and that one man is Dane Stauffer. Except that he's not just one man, he's many men, and a few spirits. With a different voice, accent, and stance, he transforms from Marley into many other characters including a helpful bogle, the trio of Christmas ghosts, his younger self, his father, Bob Cratchit, and of course, Scrooge. But Marley is the hero of this story and, like Scrooge, undergoes his own journey of self-reflection that leads to a revelation about the true meaning of life. Sent to a very unpleasant place upon his death due to his selfish, cruel life, Marley's plea bargain to escape this eternal sentence is to transform the cruelest heart of all, that of Ebeneezer Scrooge. With the help of the bogle, he accomplishes this impossible task in the story we know so well. But in transforming Scrooge, he transforms himself, and not only escapes that hellish sentence, but finds a purpose in the afterlife. God bless us, every one, even Jacob Marley!
|Dane Stauffer (photo by Petronella J. Ttsma)
A Christmas Carol is one of the most iconic stories of the season, one that's so rich there's more to explore than just Scrooge's side of the story. If you think A Christmas Carol has nothing left to say that hasn't already been said, you might want to hear Marley's side of things. But hurry, this short run ends on December 20. And if you'll excuse me, I have to move on to my next holiday show! (Read about all the holiday shows I've seen this year here.)