Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
Gettysburg Stage’s production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is an outrageous musical parody of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. Written by acclaimed humorist Christopher Durang and directed by Hilary Snesrud, Mrs. Bob is a hilarious lampoon of a familiar tale.
Clearly suffering from a “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” Ebenezer Scrooge is led by a sassy Ghost of Christmas Past though his past, present and future in order to change him – or at least that’s the idea. With her magic malfunctioning, Scrooge and The Ghost continually find themselves transported to the wrong place and time. She and Scrooge keep appearing in the present at the pathetic home of his pathetic employee, Bob Cratchit. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: she’s sick to death of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), 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 climax that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part Wall Street, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.