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Various Authors 1 p.m., Nov. 20
For several years, Cygnet Theatre did a popular version of A Christmas Carol as a live, 1940s radio show -- 100 years removed from the original. Sean Murray's world premiere script returns the durable Dickens story to its roots: a 19th-century music hall. It's a live, pre-radio radio play. The script fleshes out the story. Dialogue taken from the book adds motives, deepens characters, and makes the old feel new. And in many ways it's a musical. Composer Billy Thompson adds new lyrics to familiar songs. If you don't count the hand-held puppets (Tiny Tim is really tiny), a seven-member cast sings, dances, plays different roles, trucks props on and off, does sound effects, sings carols -- and manipulates the puppets. Tom Stephenson heads the group as Scrooge, but not as a cartoon. He's an actual person, and after his Dark Night of the Soul he may, or may not, see the light. Worth a try.