The main gist of A Queer Carol should be obvious from the title its a gay-themed retelling of Dickenss tale, for GLBT theater-lovers or anyone whos just plain over Tiny Tim and his stupid little crutch. But this is a retelling that does more than just tweak gender roles. Joe Godfreys sarcastic-yet-sweet version, staged here by Unhinged Productions, is a touching tale about the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians if there were ghosts around, of course.
Joe Angel Babb, artistic director for the group, says, It is completely different and yet honors the original story. Its relevant and not just a reworking of the same old thing. Some things do stay the same. Theres still three ghosts, and Scrooge is still as stubborn as ever, says Babb. But its set in 2010. Were introduced to Ben Scrooge, whos adrift after the death of Jake Marley, his partner in life and in an interior design business in modern-era New York City. The ghosts who visit our self-hating, cheapskate hero include Marilyn Monroe and a flamboyant drag queen, but the shows not all sass and stereotypes: Tim, Bob Cratchits partner, has AIDS, and stingy boss Scrooge wont provide insurance. Pride, tolerance and equal rights, it turns out, were part of Dickenss Christmas message. 8 p.m. December 10. Through December 20. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For a full schedule, call 832-250-7786 or visit www.comeunhinged.com. $20.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 26. Continues through Dec. 20, 2010