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  A Christmas Twist at Victory Theatre Center

A Christmas Twist

Victory Theatre Center
3326 West Victory Blvd. Burbank

A Christmas Twist is an irreverent mash-up of the beloved Charles Dickens' tales A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. The stories are tossed together, Little Orphan Annie is thrown into the mix, and Tiny Tim and Oliver are combined into one sickly pick-pocketing boy. The result is a humorous parody with an absurd cast of characters that still manage to spread the spirit of the season. It's perfect entertainment for anyone who finds the holidays a grueling experience.

Thru - Dec 9, 2012

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $30

Box Office: 818-841-5421

  A Christmas Twist Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Not Recommended

"...It’s a clever idea, but one that is never fully realized in the execution, undermined by little sense of time and place, heavy-handed silliness and clunky one-liners: Bob Cratchit to Scrooge: “My fire has gone out.” Scrooge: “Oh, you mean it’s not exciting for you anymore?”"
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Lynne Heffley

Variety - Somewhat Recommended

"...The kidded narrative is interspersed with yule-based sketches, offering Santa an easy accounting task: The stuff involving Ebenezer Scrooge (a crisp, droll Ron West), Tiny Tim (lovely Jean Villepique) et al is a treat, while the extra material mostly merits lumps of coal."
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Bob Verini

LA Weekly - Not Recommended

"...When it comes to improv-derived satire, the precise alchemy that distinguishes the sizzling hot from the hopelessly hypothermic is anyone’s guess. Suffice it to say that whatever blend of revealing caricature, pinpoint parody and lunatic incongruity is required for spontaneous comic combustion, it is mostly missing from this decidedly lukewarm holiday offering by Second City."
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Bill Raden

Backstage - Recommended

"...This version of Dickens’ classic won’t live on nearly as long as the original. But it doesn’t really matter. The audience laughed and applauded, and in its twisted way the show spreads just the right amount of holiday cheer."
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Katherine Davis

Santa Monica Mirror - Recommended

"...It’s great to be able to find some humor in the holidays, and while this staged mayhem might not be as coherent as “A Coney Island Christmas,” you’ll laugh plenty."
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Sarah A. Spitz

Broadway World - Recommended

"...Now at the Big Victory Theatre through December 16, Paul Stroili has smoothly directed a delightfully delectable cast for your enjoyment."
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Don Grigware

Edge - Recommended

"...“A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens” is exactly the kind of departure from tradition that contemporary culture revels in and is tailor-made for this generation’s need for constant quotable sound bites and obsession with the derailed train of thought celebrated by Facebook and Twitter."
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Farrell Nicholas

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...This holiday season, Mr. Stroili’s acting in and directing SeaGlass’s revival of Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper, and Maureen Morley’s 1991 A Christmas Twist. And if you like low puns and high jinks, this extremely fun show could serve as a hangover remedy to the treacle overdose you may feel at this time of year."
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Jason Rohrer

Burbank Leader - Recommended

"...This comedic gem is highly entertaining, cleverly written and extremely well-acted."
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Deborah Dodge - Recommended

"...Here, under the leadership of Paul Stroili. The cast delivers a fun script with some clever twists and turns."
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Robert Machray

Neon Tommy - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is only an excuse of a storyline, and no genuine character development or cathartic emotionality. For those who go to the theater exclusively for the above, “Twist Your Dickens” may not be the right cup of tea. On the other hand, for those who can shift their standards and enjoy a night of witty, fresh comedy simply for what it is, and nothing more—the show is sure to delight and entertain."
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Sarah Itkis

The Daily Bruin - Recommended

"...Although a little disorganized and silly, “Twist Your Dickens!” still manages to be witty and entertaining."
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Brigit Harvey

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