Doh! Dan Castellaneta, Ron West, Larry Joe Campbell Star in Second City's Twist Your Dickens! in L.A.
By Kenneth Jones
Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer on TV's "The Simpsons," is among the comic performers in the world premiere of The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!, a fresh take on Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale, opening Nov. 29 at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.
Performances of the comedy — written by Second City alums Peter Gwinn (formerly of "The Colbert Report") and Bobby Mort (currently of "The Colbert Report") and directed by Second City alum Marc Warzecha — continue to Dec. 30.
The cast also features Frank Caeti ("MADtv"), Larry Joe Campbell ("According to Jim"), Amanda Blake Davis (Second City Does Dallas at the Dallas Theater Center), Brian Stepanek ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"), Jean Villepique ("Up All Night") and Ron West ("3rd Rock From the Sun").
According to CTG/Second City production notes, "With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City, in a creative collaboration with CTG, is taking the classic Charles Dickens' Christmas tale and giving it a hearty twist. In addition to Scrooge (played by Ron West), the ever-morphing ensemble will bring the famous Victorian streets to frenzied life with Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose, all those know-it-all ghosts, a host of anachronistic characters and hilarious improvs which will have Dickens guffawing in his grave. The cast will be joined by an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests."
The creative team includes scenic designer Tom Buderwitz, costume designer Leah Piehl, lighting designer Brandon Baruch and sound designer Cricket S. Myers. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. For tickets and more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.
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