A Season Of Scrooges

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A Season Of Scrooges (And One SQuja’)

Cody Nickell in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Cody Nickell in JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Like peppermint lattes and mall Santas, the arrival of Ebenezer Scrooge is a sure sign that Christmas is around the corner. For many theaters, mounting a version of “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’s Victorian morality tale, is more than just a holiday tradition. It can also be a box office gold mine that helps underwrite the rest of the season. Just how ubiquitous is “A Christmas Carol” and its variations? Here is a sampling of many — but by no means all — of this year’s Scrooges, from the comfortably traditional to the brazenly unorthodox.