The Adrienne Theatre Main Stage
2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
"What if Dickens' Mrs. Cratchit wasn't so goody-goody, but instead was an angry, stressed-out modern-day American woman who wanted out of this harsh 1840s London life?"
In this giddy version of the beloved holiday classic, Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the original story, takes center stage. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She's sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her 20 other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. Scrooge's exclamations of "Bah, humbug!" are an undiagnosed "kind of seasonal Tourette's Syndrome," and the Dickens tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.
A mix of It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and an original jazzy 1960s-style score make this new holiday show an instant classic.
"Fiendishly funny…never disappoints. Wild it most certainly is, and without apologies."— Pittsburgh Observer-Reporter