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South Coast Rep's Ebenezer Scrooge is back for 'A Christmas Carol' for 36th year

South Coast Rep's Ebenezer Scrooge is back for 'A Christmas Carol' for 36th year

Reviewing an established hit that has been running for decades seems a tad presumptuous -- sort of like criticizing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for an off-key marching band. After all, when a show has the durability of South Coast Repertory's “A Christmas Carol,” which has run for 36 years and counting, critical analysis could sound like quibbling.

South Coast Rep's production, staged since its inception by John-David Keller, is a beloved tradition that still packs houses. Hal Landon Jr. does his annual turn as Ebenezer Scrooge, a role he originated and has played some 1,000 times. One would expect wear and tear on an actor after so long, but to call Landon spry...

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