Hilarious Holiday Mash-Up: Every Christmas Story Ever Told
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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The story begins with Brian reading the opening narrative of his umpteenth production of A Christmas Carol, when Justin and Nick start to rebel. “Don’t get me wrong, Christmas Carol’s a great story. Fezziwig, redemption, God bless us everyone, Nice ghost, Fat ghost, Scary ghost ... but honestly, I’m just doing this ‘cause I need the insurance.” Reluctantly, Brian follows along as the actors launch themselves, and the audience, into a full-scale re-examination of all shows holiday, from Rudolph (with a slight adjustment for copyright issues) to It’s a Wonderful Life (in a second-act mash up that will blow your mind). Traditions from around the world (some more questionable than others) and a finale that includes “Every Carol Ever Sung,” will leave you fully holiday-satisfied, with nothing left to do but wrap those presents and drink that nog.
By Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez.