Not Stingy on the Laughs

After watching a nearly two-hour long movie this Thanksgiving weekend, I was let down with a very vague ending. I had no idea what happened to the main characters—how or if the conflict was resolved—or if the couple actually stayed together. I was bummed that I invested two hours of my time and was left with more questions than answers. 

Have you ever watched a show or read a book and wondered what happened to the characters AFTER the credits rolled or the last page was turned? 

I found vindication on this subject later during the weekend, when I ventured to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, where I saw a fantastic play. It answered the questions AFTER the original production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carole.” This follow-up show--“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” is now playing through December 22nd at the Commonweal.

This creative sequel to Dickens’ original was penned by Mark Brown, and it is filled with some fantastic characters and huge laughs—many of which are delivered by two guests that we were blessed to have in studio last week—Eric Lee and Philip Muehe. 

Mark Brown was actually in town this weekend too, providing a little “talk back” session after the matinee shows on both Saturday and Sunday. I asked him what made him want to write this show. His answer was intriguing.

He said that he was struck by the events of 9/11 and how the entire country pulled together in the same direction—but by March and beyond the following year, that unity seemingly faded. So it occurred to him that it would be interesting to know if Ebenezer Scrooge actually maintained that “Christmas Spirit” that he was infused with during “A Christmas Carole.”

The beauty of this production is that it’s a hilarious romp with quirky characters that fill in some blanks of what happened AFTER Scrooge found his heart.  The show is peppered with modern twists—the fact that it takes place in a court room certainly plays up our sue-happy society these days, but there were even some questions presented and answered in this show that I had not considered. I won’t provide any spoilers, but suffice it to say—you will be delighted at the creativity woven into this sequel to ol’ Scrooge’s tale. 

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” is a superb show for all ages with a cast that is incredibly talented—and there isn’t a bad seat in the entire house! You have several opportunities to see it yet with your family and make some great memories this holiday season.  Check the schedule for tickets HERE.

We are so blessed to have such a phenomenal theatre and company in Lanesboro. Did you know that the Commonweal recently picked up the 2017 Minnesota Nonprofit Award for Excellence? That is a huge deal, as they beat out all other nonprofits in the entire state for the honor!  Do take the time to enjoy this jewel in our community--and especially "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge!"