“A hilarious success. Durang…has done it again. The show goes in so many wonderfully loony directions at once.” – Pittsburgh Pulp
Local performers bring this irreverent romp through Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol to the stage in 1940s-style radio hour as it is broadcast live on KOHO 101. From the live sponsor spots, to the use of period microphones, to the sounds effects crew right there with the actors – the result is a nostalgic evening of entertainment from yesteryear. Actors juggle different parts, throwing their voices and racing to different microphones on the stage to re-create thiscomedy in the imaginations of the viewing and listening audience. Directed by Mark Wavra.
In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does). She tries to show Scrooge his past, present, and future in order to change him, but her magic keeps malfunctioning, and they consistently find themselves transported to the wrong time and place. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Cratchit is in a rage, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, The Gift of the Magi, and It’s a Wonderful Life.
Experience both performances! The public is invited to be part of the live studio audience at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on December 21 at 7:30pm. Then, KOHO 101 will rebroadcast the show on Christmas Eve at 7:30pm. Must be 5 years or older to be part of the live studio audience.