Dec. 16 2013 12:00 AM

No help required for the big green guy at The Old Globe

GRINCH 2013 PHOTO
Steve Blanchard is da bomb as da Grinch.
Jim Cox

The song "One of a Kind" is the best number by far in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, now in its 16th year at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Why? Because the only person on stage during it is the Grinch himself (Steve Blanchard, in his third year as the big green guy). Without the cloying inhabitants of Whoville to weigh him down, the Grinch is free in the song to be his snarkiest, grinchiest self, and that's holiday fun for adults, as well as kids.

I caught Blanchard's debut as the Grinch back in 2011, skipped him last year and revisited the show (and him) this past weekend. He's got the physical presence as well as the comic chops required of Dr. Seuss' most famous meanie, and he's still a pleasure to watch in action. And I will say this for the Whoville ensemble-there are some talented folks among them who will be familiar to San Diego theater audiences: Randall Dodge, Eileen Bowman, Bets Malone, Geno Carr and Steve Gunderson, to name a few.

But it's still Blanchard's show. As it should be. Mr. Grinch, as the song goes, may be a mean one, but he's also the main one.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas runs through Dec. 28.

Calendar

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