Discovering Extra Than Humbug in Scrooge and Firm
Estella (Betsy Wolfe) is the pinnacle of Bleak Home, a giant unhealthy company that pinches pennies in all places it could. Her firm gained’t even present correct medical insurance to her assistant’s sick baby, Tiny Tammy, with its “Silver Greenback Plan.”
When Estella returns to her hometown to place up a strip mall, which requires tearing down a lodge that’s a refuge for the troubled, poor and misplaced. She says she’s serving to the needy assist themselves, with new jobs (“meals service!” “upkeep!”). It’s a surprise Ayn Rand doesn’t present up. “She’s the oligarchy!” declares a lodge resident who calls Estella a “pickpocket in a pantsuit” … a.ok.a., a capitalist.
In any case, Estella represents the worst of america, the place large enterprise takes precedence over human life. (When Scrooge tells the tortured ghost of his outdated associate Jacob Marley that he was an excellent businessman, the ghost declares, “Enterprise! Mankind is my enterprise!”) In Scrooge I see a complete nation that fails to guard and honor those that stay underneath the thumb of the wealthy outdated Ebenezers.
Bear in mind what the Ghost of Christmas Current hid underneath his luxurious gown? It’s not included in some variations, although it made the minimize in most of those. Scrooge spies a gaunt hand that belongs to a toddler, one in every of two underneath the gown, whom the ghost says belong to Scrooge and all of mankind: One is Ignorance. The opposite is Need. They’re our progeny, our plague, and Scrooge shrinks away from them in horror.
This yr we now have confronted our ghosts and reckoned with our accountability for the individuals round us. That story is past Dickens and Scrooge and past the Christmas season — it’s now and perpetually, every of us for the opposite, if we are able to hope to sometime be merry collectively.
A Christmas Carol (Geffen Playhouse)
Obtainable by means of Jan. 3; achristmascarollive.com
A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep)
Obtainable by means of Dec. 24; milwaukeerep.com
A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theater)
Obtainable by means of Dec. 31; carol.goodmantheatre.org
Guide Cinema’s Christmas Carol
By means of Dec. 20; manualcinema.com
Obtainable at estellascrooge.com
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