Act3 Productions will present “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at the Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Sprinkled with swing arrangements of Christmas standards and original songs in the period style, “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” is the festive comedy to sweeten your holiday season.
It’s Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, New Jersey, and set to present their contemporary “take” on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Whether it’s the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor but radio novice William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show.
St. Claire’s escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale.
In order to “save the show,” the company improvises an ending to Dickens’ classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf.
Tickets are $15 to $30 and may be purchased at www.act3productions.org. Group rates are available by calling 770-241-1905.