Tuesday, December 23, 2003

A lot of people don't realize, but A Christmas Carol was originally written as a political pamphlet. Dickens wrote it as an indictment of greedy business men that he saw around London in his day. You know, the kind who hold profit more important than things like giving their employees a livable salary or, in some cases, even more important than the lives of their employees and customers. It's true.
I wonder if London wasn't bustling with rude, wealthy greedheads in oversized carriages who would sooner run you over than greet you with a "Merry Christmas."
But that's just me.
I also used to love it, secretly, at South Coast Repertory when people would come to the ticket window and yell at me about the prices or their seats or some such nonsense about their tickets to A Christmas Carol. Which, by the way, was a production much like I was warning against in my Sound of Music review. It's point for point a basic phoned-in walk-through of any production of A Christmas Carol you've ever seen. It has no life.
"Where'm I supposed to park my Hummer in them small spaces? I got $100 tickets for all my kids right up in front where everyone can see them and I can't have them walk down a flight of stairs to get to the show. I'm gunna speak to your manager about this."
Every night I praise the Lord that I'm out of that shit house.


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