George Bailey vs. Ebenezer Scrooge
by Gordon S. Jones
“At this season of the rolling year” every community theater in America is playing either some variant of A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life. And that doesn’t count the 1,736 movies of one or the other of them available on television and (in a few cases) in actual theaters.
So as I take up the chains for my presentation of Marley’s Ghost in the Sugar Factory Playhouse production of The Dickens Christmas Carol Show, I am reminded of my son the philosopher’s dissection of the differences between George Bailey and Old Ebenezer, and why while we can’t be the latter, we all have it within us to be the former.
Here it is for your edification.
George Bailey vs. Ebenezer Scrooge: We Need a Little Christmas — Now!
by Christopher John Harrison Jones
Christmastime spawns a certain type of movie. You’ll be familiar with the formula: bad man acts contrary to societally-accepted norms, terrible (humorous, scary…) events transpire, bad man has change of heart and embraces all mankind (his family, his potential family…). It’s a good formula. It taps into very powerful archetypes. It generates good revenue. All of us have done bad things, and most of us want to change and become better. [Read more...]