Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A miserly old man is visited on Christmas Eve by three male models who use their otherworldly powers of persuasion and sexuality to get him to change his wicked ways just in time to spread some holiday cheer.
Our favorite scene is still the tension-filled, will-he-or-won’t-he visit from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. And the finale with Not-So-Tiny Tim and Scrooge taking the Christmas goose, two lit candles, and…oh, wait a minute. We’re sorry, that’s the plot synopsis for Ebeneezer, Screwed, a gay porn we’re reviewing for a Focus on the Family gift-giving blog. Our mistake!
What we’re supposed to be writing about is our recent visit to the Dallas Theater Center for its magnificent annual production of A Christmas Carol. The Charles Dickens classic is done so often by so many theater companies that if you’re older than 12, you likely know every line by heart. That’s why it’s so amazing year after year that DTC puts a fresh spin on the tale, keeping true to its spirit (and its spirits) while breathing new life and excitement into each performance.
This really is the end-all-be-all of productions of the play, so even though it’s fun to see Aunt Betty in her tenth post-menopausal role as Scrooge at the local Presbyterian Church, it’s good to let the pros show you how it’s really done.
This year is no exception, and the often-frightening sequences and gothic touches on the set make this not just one of the most enjoyable interpretations, but one of the best holiday shows in town. It’s practically impossible to leave the theater without being in the holiday spirit (or wanting to visit gap.com in search of a stocking cap and dressing gown).
The sooner you see it, the sooner you’ll want to deck the halls and exterminate all those bah humbugs.
Tickets: $15 – $76
Now through December 27
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas
Tuesday – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday matinees, 2:00 p.m.; and select Sunday evenings, 7:00 p.m.