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Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ray Dooley Captures the Pure Spirit of Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol at PlayMakers Rep

I’m in Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, watching PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of A Christmas Carol:. It is the Fezziwig Christmas Party scene, and I’m seeing magic: Barrels of ale rolled in by galloping dancers in festival frocks, a rollicking… Read More ›

Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ray Dooley Brings Scrooge & Co. to Life in A Christmas Carol on Dec. 12-23 at PlayMakers Rep

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Ray Dooley will bring a host of unforgettable characters from Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, to full, glorious life on Dec. 12-17 and 19-23 in the intimate 265-seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC’s… Read More ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood (right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol have Theatre in the Park audiences rolling in the aisles

Dustin vs. Dustin on A Christmas Carol at TIP: "We Need to Talk …"

There are two people writing this review. First there is Dustin Britt — the guy who has gone to Theatre in the Park’s musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol, with his family, every December for the last 27 years. This Dustin values dearly the contribution that writer-actor-director Ira David Wood III’s annual production has made… Read More ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood 9right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge have TIP audiences rolling inn the aisles

Ira David Wood III’s Christmas Carol Is the Gift That You Unwrap First

Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III delivers a sumptuous gift to Triangle theatergoers in this year’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, which runs Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15-18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wood’s production is a feast for the senses. Mark Pirolo’s set,… Read More ›

David Wood stars as skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Ira David Wood III’s Thoroughly Irreverent Version of A Christmas Carol Delights Triangle Audiences

In his 40th year as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, one might think that Ira David Wood III’s performance in Theatre in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol would be one that he’s done so many times, he’s gotten bored. You would think that his lines would be so well memorized, he’d often seem like… Read More ›

David Wood stars as misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Here We Come A’Caroling, with Ira David Wood III’s Zany Musical Version of A Christmas Carol!

‘Tis the season for the telling of a classic tale — Theatre in the Park’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Raleigh institution, which some affectionately call “The Ira David Wood Show,” enters its second 40 years of music, dance, and singing a Christmas masterpiece. As in Christmases past, the multi-talented Ira… Read More ›

NRACT Will Present Robert Thomas Noll’s New Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”

The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present a community-theater production of “Oliver Twist,” Robert Thomas Noll’s 2000 stage adaptation of the 1837-39 novel by Charles Dickens (1812-70), directed by Sally Kinka, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-9, and 14-16 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, in north Raleigh, NC.

NCT’s “Oliver!” Really Earns Its Exclamation Point

The North Carolina Theatre‘s invigorating home-grown Broadway-style production of “Oliver!” really earns its exclamation point, with charismatic characterizations by a stellar cast led by Kevin Gray as Fagin and buoyant instrument accompaniment by musical director Edward G. Robinson and the NCT orchestra.

The Artful Dodger (Nicholas Kraft) befriends Oliver Twist (Sam Poon) (Curtis Brown Photography)

Sam Poon and Kevin Gray Star as Oliver Twist and London Child-Crime Boss Fagin in “Oliver!” at NCT

The North Carolina Theatre will present “Oliver!,” the 1960 West End and 1963 Broadway hit musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart (1930-99), on July 17-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. This rollicking stage adaptation of the 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens (1812-70) premiered on June 30, 1960 in London, where it ran for 2,618 performances.

After missing "ACC 2010" due to open heart surgery, David Wood returns to his signature role as Ebenezer Scrooge in his zany musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 Yuletide story, "A Christmas Carol"

Ira David Wood III Returns as Scrooge in TIP’s Madcap Musical Version of “A Christmas Carol”

At age 64, David Wood ruefully admits, it requires less makeup than it did in December 1974, at age 27, when he first played his role signature role as the malicious, misanthropic old miser who experiences a miraculous Christmas Eve conversion, after a series of ghostly visitations, in “A Christmas Carol” (1843) by Charles Dickens.

Ira David Wood IV debuted as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 3rd at DPAC

New Star Ira Wood Helps TIP’s “A Christmas Carol” Shine Even Brighter

The historic 36th edition of long-time Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol” marks the first time ever that someone besides David Wood has hammed it up hilariously as Charles Dickens’ miserly old misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miraculous Christmas Eve change-of-heart annually leaves TIP patrons laughing through their tears.

Ira David Wood IV debuts as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 3rd at DPAC

26-Year-Old Ira Wood Debuts as Scrooge in TIP’s 2010 Edition of “A Christmas Carol”

This year, for the first time ever, someone besides TIP founder and executive director Ira David Wood III will don the hawkish prosthetic nose and ratty gray wig and trowel on the age makeup to play Ebenezer Scrooge when the curtain goes up on 36th annual edition of Wood’s madcap musical version of “A Christmas Carol.” David Wood’s 26-year-old son and namesake, Ira David Wood IV, will tackle his father’s signature role.

“DROOD — THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” | Review by Susie Potter

The culmination of their studies, a frisky four-day run of Rupert Holmes’ 1986 Tony Award-winning musical DROOD — THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, was a delightful evening’s entertainment.