There have been some very dark productions of “Macbeth” in New York City in the last few decades, but none of them were as dark as the new “A Christmas Carol” that opened Monday at Broadway’s Nederland Theatre after a production in Los Angeles.
By dark, I don’t mean grim, although the show is that when it needs to be. I mean no lighting or very little lighting. That overall darkness gets this production off to a terrific start when the theater is pitched into total blackness with an exciting bang. Slowly, very slowly, the lights come on when actor Jefferson Mays lights one candle after another to provide very faint illumination. It’s like that shark in “Jaws.” It’s best to give us only glimpses of this Scrooge and his dank environs before the ghost of Jacob Marley frightens the bejesus out of him, and us.
Mays plays more than