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Kathleen Turner stars in 'A Christmas Carol" at Ivoryton Playhouse

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This is going to be good.

Kathleen Turner will be onstage at the Ivoryton Playhouse Sunday and Monday. And she’ll be playing Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Oscar-nominated actress is the central character in a radio play-inspired version of “A Christmas Carol.”

She has acted in this piece before, thanks to Elliott Forest, who conceived of this version of the Dickens classic. He had had male actors like David Hyde Pierce and F. Murray Abraham play Scrooge before. And then he thought: why not have a woman play Scrooge?

He asked Turner, whom he knew, and she came onboard. Playing all the ghosts at Ivoryton will be James Naughton, who earned Tony Awards for his performances in “City of Angels” and “Chicago.”

Some members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will play the score by John Forster, and Fred Newman, of “Prairie Home Companion” renown, will create sound effects live onstage. The script is by Arthur Yorinks.

After the two performances at the Ivoryton Playhouse, the production will move on to three other Connecticut venues next week: Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on Dec. 13; First Church of Madison on Dec. 14; and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Dec. 15.

“A Christmas Carol,” 3 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton; $75, with some $100 center aisle and front row balcony seats for Monday; (860) 767-7318,



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