Onstage: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Some holiday novelty shows get old with repetition, but Cincinnati Shakespeare Company seems to have struck gold with its annual production (now in its sixth year) of this mash-up of holiday tales tha

(L-R) Sara Clark, Miranda McGee, Billy Chace and Justin McCombs
(L-R) Sara Clark, Miranda McGee, Billy Chace and Justin McCombs

Some holiday novelty shows get old with repetition, but Cincinnati Shakespeare Company seems to have struck gold with its annual production (now in its sixth year) of this mash-up of holiday tales that you probably remember from childhood — especially TV specials and classic stories. Four actors take 90 minutes to remind us of everything from The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and It’s a Wonderful Life to Charlie Brown and Charles Dickens. The show is held together (although that’s totally the wrong description) by a very drunk Santa Claus, which should tip you off that this is definitely not one to bring the kids to see. But it’s a ton of fun for a night out with a group of friends on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings in the cozy Courtyard at Arnold’s Bar & Grill. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a seating for dinner from Arnold’s at 6 p.m. (for an additional fee) if you want to come and get a head start on the hilarity. There’s been such a demand for tickets over the years that Cincy Shakes offers several more performances on its main stage at 719 Race St., Downtown, on Dec. 22, 23 and New Year’s Eve.

Rick Pender

RICK PENDER has written about theater for CityBeat since its first issues in 1994. Before that he wrote for EveryBody’s News. From 1998 to 2006 he was CityBeat’s arts & entertainment editor. Retired from a long career in public relations, he’s still a local arts fan, providing readers (and public radio listeners)...
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