Last Chance Theater
"A Christmas Carol"-- Hal Landon Jr. has played Scrooge for 22 years for South Coast Repertory. Under the direction of John-David Keller, Landon continues to convey Scrooge's interior pain with a delicate touch, and his toothy Robert Duvall smile--sparingly deployed--reveals the man beneath the archetype. The play, adapted by Jerry Patch, is a most stage-worthy adaptation, satisfyingly paced, with generous portions of the Dickens original.
--from the review by Michael Phillips
South Coast Repertory Theatre, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. Today and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. Monday, noon and 4 p.m. Ends Monday. $25 to $42.
"Forever Plaid--A Special Holiday Edition" is a Stuart Ross production that blends holiday sentiment into his Plaid pattern of physical klutziness and musical sheen. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 356-7529. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Sunday. $15 to $50.