Thomas S. Wootton High School Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas BingeBy Cappies • Dec 7th, 2010 • Category: Cappies
Uproarious laughter pierced through the “silent night” during Thomas S. Wootton’s fun and entertaining performance of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge by Christopher Durang. The play, which is a combination of a spin-off and a parody of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol delighted its audience with hilarious songs and funny interpretations of beloved characters.
The play, which premiered in Pittsburgh in 2002, features Ebenezer Scrooge (Devin Goodman), a grumpy old man who despises the holiday season, the Ghost (Divya Mouli), Scrooge’s guide through the past, present, and future, and Mrs. Bob Cratchit (Lauren Fagan), the disgruntled wife of Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit (Gavin Kramar). The story pokes fun at A Christmas Carol by twisting the original plot and characters; the Ghost, instead of being three separate characters, is one incompetent but well-meaning spirit guide who tries and fails to teach Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas, while Mrs. Bob Cratchit, who is a minor character in the original story, is featured as an unhappy and impatient woman who is annoyed and bored by her poverty-ridden life filled with pathos and stray children.
Devin Goodman was hilarious as the cranky Ebenezer Scrooge, and did not once break his British accent or his stooped physique. Goodman’s flawless line delivery and expert grasp of his character stole the show and resulted in hysterics from the audience. Divya Mouli opened the show with a fantastic amount of energy, enthusiasm and talent as the sassy but self-conscious Ghost. Her comedic timing and beautiful singing voice commanded the audience’s attention and provided an upbeat balance to Goodman’s delightfully cynical Scrooge. From singing Whitney Houston to tasering other characters, Mouli’s performance as the Ghost remained consistent and clear.
Gavin Kramar’s performance as Bob Cratchit was a perfect blend of uplifting, entertaining, and downright depressing. His “happy-go-lucky” attitude contrasted with Lauren Fagan’s portrayal of his unhappy wife, Gladys Cratchit, and complemented the pitiful and adorable Tiny Tim (Jacob Nelson). Joey Horowitz was also entertaining dressed in drag as Little Nell, a character from another Dickens work that is thrown into the story to great comedic effect.
Aside from one or two microphone pops and a missed cue, the sound team (Kerry Engoron, Francis Lasday, Evan Rindler, and Alexa Maines) had a flawless performance despite an overwhelming amount of body microphones and no visible floor or hanging microphones.
A few technical and line-memorization glitches notwithstanding, Wootton’s production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge was received with fits of laughter and resulted in a standing ovation, leaving the audience with smiles on their faces and “lots of good cheer.”
by Simone Levine of Walt Whitman High School
Photos by Kenneth H. Cho, M.D.
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