Seat Filler: The Advocate's Guide to New York Theater
BY Brandon Voss
December 22 2011 4:00 AM ET
Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol
Hoffman, a scene-stealer from The Addams Family, Xanadu, and Hairspray, unwraps her inner Scrooge in this swift, sweet, and side-splitting semiautobiographical solo show — directed and cowritten by Michael Schiralli — inspired by Patrick Stewart’s version of A Christmas Carol. The kvetching comedian examines her life when visited by Yiddish icon Molly Picon and three “ghosts” that include a gay childhood pal in the chorus of Spider-Man.
New World Stages, through January 8.
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s soulful soundtrack shines anew in this intimate and inspiring Broadway-bound musical based on the 2007 film. Steve Kazee and Christin Milioti are sublimely heartbreaking as a Dublin busker and a Czech immigrant who bond chastely while recording a demo with a motley crew that includes a quirky gay loan officer. Rest assured you’ll hear the Oscar-winning ballad “Falling Slowly” — twice.
New York Theatre Workshop, through January 15.