Dallas Theater Center

Actress does right by Scrooge in theater’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Sat, Dec 3, 2016 - 10:35pm

By Nancy Churnin

DALLAS — It turns out that the big surprise in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol at the Wyly Theatre isn’t the casting of a woman as Scrooge, but the way Sally Nystuen Vahle’s performance of a miserly boss proves that Charles Dickens has created a universal role not specific to gender.

Vahle’s thin-lipped Ebenezer chills from the moment she appears centerstage of the factory she runs. The rectangular spot on which she stands rises hydraulically to a great height over the workers she oversees with chilly calculation. If she doesn’t bellow as loudly as Scrooges Past, she is...