The show is done in a tongue-in-cheek fourth-wall-breaking style, as if we're the audience here to see A Christmas Carol at the Music Hall. The three players, all powdered, rouged, and bewigged, tell us that everyone else in the 20-person cast is sick with food poisoning, and therefore they're going to tell the story with just the three of them, plus a piano player (Patrick Adkins). They proceed through the familiar story, with a few (intentionally) missed cues, misplaced props, and other flubs. The show is chock full of groanworthy puns and bawdy jokes, with the cast fully engaged and winking at the audience.
|the players (Neal Skoy, Abilene Olson, and Maren Ward)
(photo by Bruce Silcox)
|Scrooge with the Fezziwigs (Abilene Olson, Neal Skoy,
and Maren Ward, photo by Bruce Silcox)
|the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge his beloved sister
(Neal Skoy, Maren Ward, and Abilene Olson, photo by Bruce Silcox)
Scrooge in Rouge is a fun new addition to the #TCTheater holiday scene, one that adds a new and wacky twist to a familiar and beloved classic. More belly-aching laugh-inducing than heart-warming, but laughter can keep you warm on a cold night too.
*Read about all of the holiday shows I've seen this year here, and listen to the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers holiday preview episode of our podcast Twin Cities Theater Chat here.