How many times can you see "A Christmas Carol" before fatigue sets in?
For many, a yearly viewing of the Charles Dickens classic is a holiday tradition as staid and sacred as putting up a tree, sipping spiked eggnog or arguing with relatives.
But for others, who have grown weary of Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge, Road Less Traveled Productions is offering a different option: Dickens' little-known and even less-produced holiday tale "The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In."
It doesn't quite roll off the tongue -- Road Less Traveled has shortened it by 14 words -- but it is sure to arouse the curiosity of anyone who longs for a different Dickensian take on the holiday season.
The story is described in a release from the company as "a fast-paced, warmhearted fable of fun and fright." It is set on New Year's Eve in the spare abode of Toby Veck and his daughter Meg, who are subject to a midnight assault from an unhinged group of terrifying Christmas goblins.
And what says Christmas better than terrifying goblins?
The production, adapted by John Hurley and featuring Andrea Andolina, Gerry Maher, Lisa Vitrano, Nick Lama and Steve Brachmann, opens Dec. 2 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (500 Pearl St.) and runs through Dec. 18. Tickets are $35, with information at 629-3069 or roadlesstraveledproductions.org.
To promote the production, the company will host a "paranormal theater" experience led by Mason Winfield at 9 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Buffalo Christian Center (500 Pearl St.)