#325 – Georgia Shakespeare Presents “A Christmas Story” Through December 26, 2010 – I Triple-Dog-Dare You to See It Before It’s Gone!
Every year on Christmas day, a cable station plays its traditional 24 marathon of “A Christmas Story” – choruses of “you’ll shoot your eye out, you’ll shoot your eye out” ring through homes across America until finally someone gets fed up, changes the channel and hides the remote. Whether you watch it once or 10 times in a row, you can always be sure that little Ralphie Parker will get his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle…and that he will just about, not quite, but almost shoot his eye out.
Georgia Shakespeare has brought this classic Christmas comedy to life and you can see it, through December 26, 2010, live on stage at their official home at Oglethorpe University. Everything you love about the movie is here: the retro-kitsch Parker home, the Little Orphan Annie Decoder Pin, the bully Scut Farkas, the tongue-on-the-flagpole scene, and of course, the leg lamp.
The stage version introduces Ralph, the adult Ralphie (played by Allan Edwards) who narrates the action and guides you through his memories of on of his best Christmases ever. Instead of the disembodied voice-over of the movie, the audience gets to travel with Ralph as he revisits his childhood home in Hohman, Indiana. He enjoys some heartwarming moments with Ralphie, whom he guides through a couple of rough patches, and may bring a tear to your eye at the end of the play, making you think back to your own childhood home. The Old Man (Ralphie’s dad, played by Mark Kincaid) and Mother (played by Sherman Fracher) are delightful, almost caricatures of the film characters and of the “typical” parents of the era, and Randy, Ralphie’s little brother (played by Ian L’Abate) is pretty darn adorable, with his lines alternating between, “I have to wee-weeeeee!” and “Santa! Santa!” – he’s the perfect little brother. The highlight of the production truly is Ralphie, played by 13-year-old Cooper Driskell, the spitting image of the original film version of Ralphie, but in my opinion, funnier. He will charm you with his comic timing and give you a new sympathy for little Ralphie Parker. Ralphie’s moments with his adult self are some of the most entertaining on the stage – you almost believe they are the same person, separated by the years.
Georgia Shakespeare presents “A Christmas Story” now through December 26, 2010 – there is still time to see it and to purchase tickets for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! Remaining evening performances are: December 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26 at 7:00 PM (note the 7:00 PM curtain time!); remaining matinee performances are: December 18, 19, 23, 24 and 26 at 2:00 PM. Tickets range from $15.00 to $50.00 for adults, and children under 12 are always just $15. You can purchase tickets online from the Georgia Shakespeare website (just click “Buy Tickets” on the site).
If you’re a fan of the cult-favorite film version, you should definitely check out Georgia Shakespeare’s production of “A Christmas Story.” If you’re not a fan, you should still give it a try – it’s sure to put a smile on your face and give you back a little bit of that childlike wonder, making you remember that Christmas past that was your best Christmas ever.