When I learned that the Ridgefield Theatre Barn was presenting “A Christmas Carol” as a one-man show, I had to know who was taking the challenge. I had seen Dick Terhune perform it at the Warner last year, and I was blown away by his performance. It’s hard to imagine anyone else coming close to that performance. Then I phoned Patrick Spadaccino who will take on all 25 characters in Ridgefield. Little did I know that not only was Spadaccino going to be starring in this one-man show, but he is the playwright who penned the script that Terhune used for his one man show. Now I can’t wait to see Spadaccino in this production.
So how did Spadaccino manage to adapt the Charles Dickens classic so well that the entire story is told in 90 minutes? “Once Dickens made his point, I edited out the redundancy,” he said adding that this really is a pure adaptation. “I only actually changed five words,” he said. He also added an introduction which gives the audience a sneak preview of what’s coming.