TITLE: INSPECTING CAROL
AUTHOR: DANIEL SULLIVAN AND THE RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY
WHERE: SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATER
THE BOTTOM LINE: A sly send-up of a regional-theater Christmas tradition bids fair to become a tradition itself.
It takes a Scrooge to say so out loud, but America's regional theaters have become sickly dependent on A Christmas Carol. Dozens of troupes mount Dickens' sentimental fantasy year after year -- using at least 20 different adaptations, most by artistic directors yearning to be credited as authors -- with ever diminishing artistic vigor yet unflagging box-office success. The profusion of wigs, frock coats and fake British accents...