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The days between Christmas and New Years Eve seem to be the doldrums of the calendar year. The holidays are over, but not quite. You’re back at work, but no one seems to be working. You get all excited when you see half-priced holiday merchandise on sale at the drug store, but then remember you’re not going to be needing an inflatable Rudolph for a very, very long time. Rest assured, the spirit of Christmas does not die after Dec. 25. Neither do the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Ford Theatre’s stirring, unsentimental take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will shine some light onto even the most holiday-weary of souls. Featuring seasoned talent such as Tom Story, Helen Hedman, and Erin Driscoll—not to mention the inimitable Edward Gero as Ebenezer Scrooge—this show can stand on its own any time of the year.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS ON STAGE AT 2:30 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M. TUESDAYS TO SUNDAYS TO JAN. 2 (NO SHOWS DEC. 24 AND 25) AT FORD’S THEATRE, 511 10TH ST. NW. $30-$60. (202) 347-4833.