What the Dickens? 

Perhaps Mr. Night's strong feelings for the works of Charles Dickens have colored his perception of the author's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. He interprets the story thusly: A successful venture capitalist is brought low by fawning do-gooders who wish to make everything a federal case. When it's all over, he's a namby-pamby liberal just throwing cash at the problems endemic in a class society, making a good show of enacting social change without really doing anything other than assuaging his guilty conscience by helping one family in need. But...the resounding, and most likely permanently debilitating, cock-punch Ms. Day just unleashed has forced Night to reassess this reading; it seems a trip to the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.metrotix.com; $16.50 to $30.50) for this evening's performance of A Christmas Carol is in order. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. show is the last in the Friday-to-Monday run (December 15 to 18) — but better late than never. Maybe that's the actual message Dickens intended.
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