Watching live theater is like interviewing for a job: though multiple costume changes can be distracting, there's nothing a fake British accent can't fix. Witness the magic of the stage with today's GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to Blackout Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol at the VSA North Fourth Art Center (up to a $30 value). Tickets are good from December 2 to 11. Shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Blackout Theatre works its ensemble magic to create original works that put fresh comic spins on familiar plays. This holiday season, the collective's ambidextrous minds embark on their most ambitious effort to date with an original, ensemble-created adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Stripping the classic of its stuffy Victorian setting, the troupe transplants the tale to St. Louis in the 1930s, where a colorful cast of seven strangers is stranded on Christmas Eve. The group amuses themselves by regaling the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, leading the characters to appreciate the spirit of Christmas and the superiority of American-made Santas. Imaginations run wild as the play erupts in soundscapes and original music composed by famed Albuquerque musician Monica Demarco. Family-friendly humor, indomitable holiday spirit, and arresting large-scale puppets flesh out the tale, garnering warmth, laugh, and ectoplasm-dripping hugs from Charles Dickens’s ghost.