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Just Five More Perfs As Of This Writing

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is a theatrical riff on the seasonal favorite Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Our production at The Arsht Center in Miami has garnered some very generous reviews. Tickets here.

I use the plural “our” because even though I am the lone actor in the show, there is no way I could have done this by myself – the creative team of designers, stage managers, the director, producer, and a special shout out to Alex Alvarez who has played a coach/personal trainer type role – to say nothing of the resident staff at The Arsht – yes, it takes a village to put on a play.

There’s this

A while ago I posted a cautionary tale about reading reviews of shows one is appearing in while the show is still playing – if you missed it you can see it here

Maybe this is a policy I can now revise, after all it’s been nearly 40 years since the challenging event outlined in the previous post.

And this

But on the other hand the great danger when reading praise is that you start to believe it – I refer myself to the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If” and I recommend that I learn it by heart.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same; 

You see, this is what happens when you do a solo with a lot of dialogue. You start talking to yourself even when offstage:

Colin: How about a cup of coffee, Colin?

Colin: Yes. What a good idea, Colin!

And this too

One is reminded of another piece of dialogue. This is taken from the late Anthony Sher’s book Year of the King in which Sher documents his preparation and performance of Richard III. Michael Caine saw a performance and went backstage to congratulate Sher afterwards.

Caine: And what about those reviews!?

Sher: Oh, I never read reviews.

Caine: Read ’em! You fuckin’ wrote ’em, didn’t you?

Tickets here.

Full disclosure: each of the reviewers linked above is known to me personally, and I thank them here for their continued dedication to the cause of live theatre in an increasingly challenging environment.

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Jacob Marley

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula opens at The Arsht Center on December 2nd 2021 and plays until the 19th.

Who can forget Scrooge & Marley and Bob Cratchit and Mr Fezziwig and the trio of ghosts.

Come and see them all and few others, in this Christmas story inspired by Dickens’s much loved tale. (There’s only one actor in this show) tickets here!

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And in other News

If you’ll take a look at the Video page you’ll see an interview with me by Margaret Ledford who helmed the Engage@GableStage project, which has commissioned a series of projects. The short 15 minute film we’re talking about will be premiered exclusively at GableStage.org on Friday September 18th.

So… the focus of this blog… was acting and allied subjects… hmm… the issue, as I’m sure you understand, is that live theatre depends upon lots of paying customers in close proximity to each other and within breathing space of the stage…

No sign of that returning just yet.

In which case what shall we talk about?¬†While you’re here please sign up for the blog so as to find out!