Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Bah Humbug!

Chances are your children have already been exposed to A Christmas Carol in some form or another. This holiday season, choose from any one of the three wonderful productions with Dickens' story at heart: the classic tale at ACT, a comedic take at Seattle Repertory Theatre, or the Sherlock Holmes-driven mystery at Taproot Theatre.

Tradition takes a twist at Seattle Repertory Theatre in the production of Inspecting Carol. This play takes Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol and moves it from the realm of heart-touching drama to the land of side-splitting comedy. For some, this may be the beginning of a new holiday tradition. Read the full review here.

With a couple of recent Holmes' movies and three Sherlock shows running concurrently on television, we are clearly a culture obsessed with this fictional detective created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But why? We like that he takes the unexplained and scary and makes it reasonable and straightforward. But it's his timeless panache and charisma that bring us back to Holmes again and again. Happily, Taproot Theatre also feels the magic of Holmes and has brought their popular production, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, back for a second year. Read the full review here.

ACT's A Christmas Carol pays homage to the classic novel that gave us the phrase "Merry Christmas" and manages to tug at heartstrings without being syrupy. The intimate theater-in-the round venue is perfect for watching this play with children. With the stage located in the center, there isn't a bad seat in the house. Actors move up and down the aisles, make eye contact with audience members and pay special attention to little ones. Read the full review here.