Christmas-comedy 'Inspecting Carol' opening

A twist of Charles Dickens classic tale "A Christmas Carol," Tony Award winning Daniel Sullivan's "Inspecting Carol" opens Friday, December 5, at 8 p.m.

Here's what the performers, the Footlight Players, have to say about it:
This wildly entertaining play offers a different and comedic twist to the Christmas season. Originally commissioned by the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1992, this fun-filled play is set in a Midwestern regional theatre, the Soapbox Theatre Company.

Almost broke, the pathetic Company is having a dickens of a time with their annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim is a bit old, Death keeps getting his chains tangled in the scenery, and there's an inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts expected any minute. The Theatre Company struggles to meet cash flow as its federal funding is cut, and the only way to get the funds back is to convince the government inspector that the company deserves the government arts funding.

When an inept new actor arrives, the stage is set for a major case of mistaken identity-with horrifying and hilarious results! Part Noises Off, part Waiting for Guffman, this sidesplitting hit is sure to be the funniest Christmas show you'll see all season!

The show goes on December 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8 and December 7 and 21 at 3. Tickets are $22 adult, $20 senior, $15 student, $10 children under 13. Buy them online or by calling (843) 722-4487.

The play stars Karl Bunch, Andrea McGuinn, Ted Rice, Carole Moore, Joseph Kilgallen, Jackie Helmer, Jerry Squires, Scott Cason, Michele Powe, Britt Watson, Mark Davis, and Allston Schwartz.

Update December 6: The Post and Courier checked out the play, but felt the script was a bit dated. Bummer.