“Marley” returns for magical laughs

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Review: “Marley” returns for magical laughs at Gulfshore Playhouse

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

You’d have to be a mean old Grinch indeed to rain on Cody Nickell’s farewell parade, happening through Dec. 21 at the Norris Center in downtown Naples. Gulfshore Playhouse’s artistic associate pours his heart and soul into “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” a magical, comical retelling of an old favorite that’s never seemed so lively.

“Marley” invades “A Christmas Carol” from the viewpoint of Jacob Marley. He appears in Charles Dickens’ story as a ghost, warning Ebenezer Scrooge to repent. Now? Our Marley’s a lost soul bent on redemption and full of “spirited” ideas. Check out his swanky gold frock coat and dozens of delightful voices.