“Bah, humbug!” Larry Yando in his familiar role as the tight-fisted misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Goodman Theatre, pre-pandemic.
Interview: Veteran actor says audio version of Dickens’ Christmas classic posed challenges, but it also offered advantage of intimacy.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
Chicago theater audiences have come to know Larry Yando as an actor of many parts, each of them invariably expressive of profound truths about the human condition. But it’s just possible that after a run of 13 Christmases past and present – and doubtless more yet to come – the form Yando most solemnly, joyfully and indelibly inhabits in the minds of most is that of Ebenezer Scrooge.
At this season of the year when the want of Goodman Theatre’s perennial staging of “A Christmas Carol” is keenly felt, we can still rejoice in the abundance of Yando’s gifts as that squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner Scrooge. Constrained by the pandemic, Goodman isolated Yando in an audio booth – with the rest of a large cast similarly separated – for a free streamed production of Dickens’ imperishable tale that continues through New Year’s Eve. Read the full story »