December 4 - December 31, 2009
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Open up the blender, add A CHRISTMAS CAROL, NOISES OFF and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, mix at high speed, and you've got a Yuletide smoothie called INSPECTING CAROL. A young man with stars in his eyes auditions for a play at a small theatre and is mistaken for a government informer for The National Endowment for the Arts. As the cast and crew cater to his every whim to try to win his favor and their government funding, they manage to produce the singularly most hilarious production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL ever to bounce and wiggle on a stage.
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Waukesha Freeman Review from Julie McHale
The inevitable problems of running a community theater - the fundraising, securing enough subscribers, temperamental actors, illness, accidents on set, missed lines and cues, faulty mechanics and wooden scripts - all figure into the present production of "Inspecting Carol" at Sunset Playhouse Theatre. In fact, another play, "Noises Off," dealt with some of those same problems earlier this year. But this offering has another timely twist. The given play that this company is working on is its annual presentation of Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol." Earlier this season, The Milwaukee Rep put on "The Inspector General," which was inspired by the same Gogol story that inspired this play. In both dramas, an authority is coming to critique the town or the theater to determine whether or not tax money would be forthcoming to assist either institution. In both stories, they mistake the first stranger in town for the dreaded inspector, and that person uses their misperception to his own advantage. They also use bribery, flattery or seduction to get a favorable report from their reviewers. Sunset's production opens four rehearsals before opening night. Actors are complaining about their lines or not learning them, the boy playing Tiny Tim quits for a better offer, there are complaints about costumes, script changes are requested and the company is in deep debt with a threat of the loss of grant money. Then a stranger comes along, asking to audition, and from there, matters only deteriorate further. There is a happy ending, though (after all, it is a comedy), but not before a series of more disasters, some of which are quite funny ones. The most consistent and fascinating character is Wayne, the supposed critic, impressively rendered by Nate Hinners. Next in line for kudos is Anne Gorski for her portrayal of the taskmaster and stage manager. She captured her no-nonsense approach. Kid Beat Box got his share of laughs for his phobias, paralysis and constant complaints. Brian Zelinski is always able to evoke a laugh. He plays the town cynic who fancies himself a stud, but is more enamored with himself than anyone else is. Spenser Mather as Scrooge does a good job playing the actor/social activist/martyr. Other cast members include Nancy Domres, Carol Dolphin, Stuart Kendall, Austin Lopez, John Roberts, Jacqueline Ranello and Zach Zembrowski, all of whom contributed to the hilarity. The play was directed by Bryce Lord and runs through Dec. 20 with a special performance on New Year's Eve.
wrong choice of play
See, we even put the dissenters reviews up!: very slow and boring in parts.