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Holiday Humor with a Twist

There's a simple and obvious recipe for A Christmas Twist, and it goes something like this: "Take A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, and throw it in a blender," jokes the play's director, Clint Heyn. Presented by Firehouse Theater beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m., the show, which was written by a Chicago-based improv group, is a literal mash-up of the classic holiday plot lines, along with some fresh lines and new takes on old characters thrown in.

Tiny Tim morphs into Tiny Twist (who also happens to be the tallest cast member), while Little Orphan Annie makes an out-of-turn appearance. These characters and all the rest will be dressed in black -- paying tribute to the improv form -- but decorated with Christmas-like accouterments. Heyn says that while some jokes in A Christmas Twist may be more adult-leaning, the show is very much all-ages-friendly.

A Christmas Twist runs today through December 17 at the John Hand Theater, 7653 East First Place, and tickets are $15 to $20. Opening night offers discounted tickets to anyone in an ugly Christmas sweater, and a karaoke party will follow the performance. For specific show dates and times or to purchase tickets, call 303-562-3232 or visit
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 18. Continues through Dec. 17, 2011


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