4 ghosts, 2 acts, A Christmas Carol, this was our nostalgic Friday evening at the Rep, which is celebrating its 50th season. Our favorite and the hardest working actor in Saint Louis, Joneal Joplin, had his 100th Rep performance with this venue. It has been 35 years since the Rep last did A Christmas Carol, which predates our tenure with this company. Still, they did once do Carol, a delightful spoof of the original play and small theater in general. It was funny, new and original, which A Christmas Carol was not. Not that this retelling of Dickens classic Yuletide morality tale was without its charms. The production values were top-notch as always. I enjoyed the excellent sets and costumes. The first act dragged a bit and Anne even got a coffee at intermission, but the drumbeat of traditional carols must have worked its magic. Because by the end of the play, I had found my Christmas spirit again. So, a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!