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Theater Review: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Theater Review: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Of the holiday pop-up-store musicals on offer, one could do worse than Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a remount of the slender mini-musical that appeared on Broadway six years ago, directed by Jack O’Brien and starring Patrick Page as he-who-will-not-be-wassailed. The show — which lovingly apes the 1966 Chuck Jones animated TV special wherever it can, and showcases the Albert Hague classic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” — has been repotted in the appalling Theater at Madison Square Garden, a soul-smothering, actor-muting Chunnel of despair hewn from concrete and sadness by a clinically depressed designer of third-world mausoleums. (It's like being in a 1992 Chrysler LeBaron glove compartment on a Brobdingnagian scale.) Marvel then at Jeff McCarthy, who slips into four quarts of latex and eight bales of matted fur to play the title grump, that chartreuse Scrooge and scourge of Whoville — and still manages, from

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