Sacramento Bee/Michael A. Jones
Nothing says the holidays to a theater critic as much as the proliferation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It is easily the most produced play (in some version or another) in the United States each year. I haven’t counted this year's entries, but we are quite lucky to have our own locally grown adaptation (by playwright Richard Hellesen and the late composer David DeBerry) playing again at Sacramento Theatre Company. Of course "A Christmas Carol" is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to holiday theater productions.
Three years ago, I came up with the idea of a photo shoot combining various disparate characters in a fun salute to the numerous holiday-themed productions in our area. The spread would come out on the Friday after Thanksgiving as a sort of holiday season kickoff. It went so well (thanks to the photographers, designers, actors and costumers) that we’ve continued it in some variation each succeeding year since. This year’s theme is “The Usual Suspects” (courtesy of art director Val Mina) which really needs no more explanation. The photo spread has been pushed to Sunday’s Ticket+ and here’s a taste.