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.
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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 www.firehousetheatercompany.com
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