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‘Tis the season to be silly at the Schoolhouse Theater

By Staff | Dec 24, 2009

Until Dec. 31, the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater will be presenting “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some!),” a hilarious mash-up of, as the title suggests, every Christmas story ever told – and then some!

The three-man, two-act play, written and originally performed by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez with original music by Will Knapp, stars Schoolhouse favorites Marcus Kiehl, Miguel Cintron and Schoolhouse artistic director Victor Legarreta.

The show begins with Legarreta attempting to put on a production of “A Christmas Carol,” the stage decorated to represent Dickensian London with a large sign reading “Scrooge and Marley.”

Unfortunately for Legarreta, his co-stars refuse to put on another boring production of “A Christmas Carol” and instead, Kiehl and Cintron must drag a fussy – though incredibly funny – Legarreta through a delightful holiday hodge-podge of hysterical proportions.

Cintron, Kiehl and Legarreta are inarguably in their element as they wind their way through a flurry of abridged reinterpretations of seasonal staples, including Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” – complete with audience participation – and Rankin and Bass’ “Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer” – or, rather, “Gustav the Green-nosed Reingoat.”

Throw in some “Frosty the Snowman,” a few well-placed Norelco razor ads, an endless stream of seamlessly delivered jokes from the entire cast and a particularly delightful segment entitled “Fruitcake-a-go-go,” and the laughs just keep coming.

Eventually, Legarreta gets his way, but Cintron realizes the trio has forgotten another crucial “MBHC” – most beloved holiday classic. Hilarity ensues as Legaretta desperately tries to balance “A Christmas Carol” with Cintron’s MBHC – you’ll just have to get your tickets to see what it is.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” draws from literature, movies, television, pop culture and international – and sometimes hysterically bizarre – holiday traditions.

The dialogue is quick, witty and hilariously funny – just like Kiehl, Legarreta and Cintron.

So, if you’re looking for a holiday show that’s simultaneously traditional, nostalgic and uproariously entertaining, make your way to the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 16 and under. Make your reservations by calling the box office, 472-6862.

Merry Christmas!