Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge

December 5-20th, 2009
NYC Premiere!

By Christopher Durang
Original Music by Michael Friedman

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Illustration by Michael C. Malbrough

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge has all the Durangian insanity you’ve come to expect. The main attraction is Joanna Parson’s very funny rendering of Mrs. Cratchit.”
-Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“Modern, funny, refreshing, and filled with spirit. I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, funniest moment of the show, and that’s a good thing. Just when you think it can’t get any funnier or more bizarre, it does. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is definitely the antidote for those suffering from the syrupy schmaltz so often associated with holidays. If you see one holiday show this season, I recommend this one!”
-J Jordan, nytheatre.com

“Any version of Dickens’ classic in which Scrooge buys the Cratchit family McDonalds’ happy meals for their holiday feast is okay by me. For Durang fans, a trip to Brooklyn would seem to be in the Christmas cards.”
-Erik Haagensen, Backstage

“Christopher Durang presents a masterful mix of merriment and mirth in his absolutely delightful Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, a hilarious send-up of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” now being given its New York premiere by The Gallery Players. The play is a hoot from start to finish, injecting a breath of fresh air (and numerous topical references) into a beloved holiday tale. Fun for the entire family, it’s a nice yuletide treat for all.”
-Judd Hollander, The Epoch Times

Producer: Robin Mishik-Jett/The Gallery Players
Director: Trey Compton
Music Director: Jason Burrow
Associate Producer: Craig Anthony Bannister
Set Designer: Lilia Trenkova
Costume Designer: Steven Manuel
Lighting & Sound Designer: David Roy
Props Master: Virginia Monte
PSM: Kyle Atkins*
ASM: Emily Louick
Assistant Director: Mikey LoBalsamo

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Pictured (l to r): Joanna Parson, Doug Plaut, Angela Dirksen, and Adam Segaller in The Gallery Players’ production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. Photo by Bella Muccari.

The Cast

Scrooge – Douglas Rees*
Ghost – Safiya Fredericks*
Mrs. Bob Cratchit – Joanna Parson*
Bob Cratchit – Adam Segaller*
Tiny Tim – Doug Plaut
Boy – Sloan Grenz*
Girl – Carly Vernon
Female 1 – Angela Dirksen
Female 2 – Sarah Amandes
Male 1 – E.C. Kelly*
Male 2 – Greg Kalafatas
Male 3 – Kyle Metzger*

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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Pictured: Douglas Rees in The Gallery Players’ production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. Photo by Bella Muccari.

In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does). She tries to show Scrooge his past, present and future in order to change him, but her magic keeps malfunctioning in Durang’s version of the beloved holiday classic, and they consistently find themselves transported to the wrong time and place. She tries to take Scrooge back to see his old employers, the Fezziwigs—”always an audience favorite”—but instead she and Scrooge keep appearing in the present at the Cratchit’s pathetic home. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. 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 twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

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Pictured (l to r): Joanna Parson and Adam Segaller in The Gallery Players’ production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. Photo by Bella Muccari.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 PM – Opening night
Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, December 10 at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 11 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, December 17 at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 18 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 PM – final performance