A Christmas Carol

ACT's 37th revival of A Christmas Carol delivers a satisfying, traditional take on Ebeneezer Scrooge's redemption. While everyone over the age of five knows the Charles Dickens story, ACT is hardly coasting in this production, directed by John Langs. Having seen everyone from Mr. Magoo and Patrick Stewart to Jim Carrey play the infamous curmudgeon Scrooge, I honestly don't think I've ever seen it done as well as by Jeff Steitzer, whose every "Bah, humbug" bears the sting of a real tongue-lashing. (R. Hamilton Wright shares the role in alternating performances.) As the reason for his bitterness is made clear by the visiting spirits (Sylvie Davidson and Leslie Law make for heartwarming ghosts of Christmases past and present), Scrooge's turnaround becomes all the more magical. And if that performance isn't enough to melt your heart, just watch Galen Joseph Osier's Bob Cratchit grieve for his lost son, Tiny Tim. A concession stand providing Kleenex would mop up here. (Runs near daily through Dec. 30.) KEVIN PHINNEY

Fri., Nov. 23, 7 p.m.; Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2012

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