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THURSDAY

Only the terminally earnest could read Dickens’ kid-jep classic A Christmas Carol without catching even a whiff of the story’s satirical content. From Scrooge—the angriest rich man ever—to his polar opposite—earnest, pure of heart, so-good-you-want-to-smack-him Tiny Tim—Dickens populates his most farcical morality tale with one-dimensional comedy types. One wonders, therefore, about the playwright who could look at Scrooge’s dream-induced eleventh-hour conversion to nice guy and think that, after a little massaging, it could be funny. But A Christmas Carol has long been favored fodder for sitcoms on the decline (or perhaps you enjoyed George Jefferson qua Scrooge) and local theater. Enter A Broadway Christmas Carol, produced with a cast of three by Round House Theatre. It might be funny? In any case, tonight’s show is at 8 p.m. at the Round House Theatre, 12210 Bushey Drive, Silver Spring. $25. (301) 933-1644. (Jandos Rothstein)