Jeff Smith 2 p.m., March 5
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
In the Old Globe's annual holiday show, Steve Blanchard's Grinch does the near impossible: he wins over the audience twice: first as maybe the world's most entertaining Green Meanie (when he sings "One of a Kind"); second, when Cindy-Lou Who sings "Santa for a Day", and he de-Scrooge's before our eyes. This is the Globe's 16th version, originally conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien. Since 2003, director James Vasquez has kept it as fresh as the original. One of the best parts of the tradition: local actors get a paying gig, and make the most of it. Steve Gunderson heads the supporting cast as Old Max, the Grinch's loyal (and abused) mutt. As Max recalls his youth, Gunderson makes a touching, understated transformation.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $29 - $68 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Saturday, December 28, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Tuesdays, 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm
- "How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe" (Dec. 3, 2013)