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Aurora Theatre actor takes on Scrooge in one-man show

Ever notice that some of fiction's most enduring Christmas characters are the ones we love to hate? From the Grinch to mean old Mr. Potter to the thieving duo in "Home Alone," it's plain to see that our favorite holiday stories wouldn't be nearly as engaging without a parade of unlikable jerks.

And then, of course, there's the money-grubbing granddaddy of them all: "A Christmas Carol's" Ebenezer Scrooge. As far as yuletide villainy goes, the "bah, humbug"-spouting grump is in a league of his own.

We all have our favorite version, of course. Perhaps you like your Scrooge surrounded by wisecracking marionettes, like in "A Muppet Christmas Carol." Or, maybe you prefer to see him portrayed as Reagan-era yuppie scum, as with the Bill Murray classic "Scrooged." You might even want to see him sing, and there's a version for that, too, as long as you don't mind Kelsey Grammer.

But we're all in agreement on one thing: it wouldn't be the holiday season without hearing his grouchy catchphrase at least once.

So why not hear it in person?

Aurora Theatre's one-man production of "A Christmas Carol" stars the theater's Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez in every role. That means Rodriguez takes on Cratchit, Fezziwig, the three ghosts and even little Tiny Tim. Inspired by the one-man "Carol" performed by respected Shakespearean actor and decorated U.S.S. Enterprise captain Patrick Stewart, Rodriguez says he's more than up to the task.

Catch the show at 8 p.m. tonight at Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Other showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.