Its understandable if the prospect of A Christmas Carol doesnt get you excited right away. Its been done by everyone from the Muppets to an unsettling, computer-animated Jim Carrey, with the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge learning to embrace the holiday spirit parodied and subverted every which way. So why get psyched for South Coast Repertorys version of the Dickens yarn? Hal Landon Jr., South Coast Reps Scrooge for 31 seasons, is obviously impressive, but save your true anticipation for learning more about Landon himselfnot only did he play Teds father in both Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure and Bill & Teds Bogus Journey , but he also was in David Lynchs surrealist classic Eraserhead , maybe the coolest credit that could possibly appear on a résumé.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12 & 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 27. Continues through Dec. 23, 2010