"Mrs. Bob Crachit's Wild Christmas Binge"

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Irreverent spoof of A Christmas Carol recasts Mrs. Cratchit as an angry, modern-day American woman, taking potshots at holiday cheer

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Promotional value expires Dec 23, 2012. Limit 5 per person. Reservation reeq'd. Redeem starting 11/29 for a ticket. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at The Adrienne Theatre. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects New City Stage Company's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1hr before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, presented by New City Stage Company at The Adrienne Theatre. For $29, you get two adult general-admission tickets to any performance (up to a $58 value). The show runs December 2–23. Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19.

Playwright Christopher Durang’s version of Mrs. Cratchit pays little resemblance to her A Christmas Carol alter ego. Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge depicts the normally warmhearted matriarch as a modern-day American woman who is sick of her 21 urchin children and is desperate to get out of Dickensian London. In this dark send-up with a cast of familiar characters, Scrooge’s expected trajectory of redemption is thwarted when he arrives at the Cratchit home too early, finding Mrs. Cratchit as she proclaims her wish to get drunk and jump off the London Bridge. A jazzy 1960s score backs up this dark comedy as it takes aim at Tiny Tim’s incessant goodness and the saccharine ending of the original A Christmas Carol story.

New City Stage Company

Although the New City Stage Company attracts equity actors and union crews, fostering local talent has been a priority since it began producing in 2006. Commissioning and mounting professional productions of contemporary works and classic plays, the company strives to stimulate patrons and students with shows that are often edgy and thought provoking, like a finely whetted Rubik’s cube. But whether hosting a Philadelphia premier or staging an award-winning rarity, the theater group always places an emphasis on the work of local playwrights and performers.

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