Following their long, goofy tradition of musical mash-ups, director Matt Walker and the Troubadour Theatre Company combine the songs from West Side Story with the plot of A Christmas Story, the movie based on Jean Shepherd's comic memoirs. The result, A Christmas Westside Story, has all the familiar elements of the film: Young Ralphie (director Walker) obsesses over his desire for a Red Ryder air rifle, the infamous leg lamp is won by his eccentric father (Rick Batalla) and a hapless kid (Joseph Keane) gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pipe. "When You're a Jet" becomes "When You're a Kid You're a Kid," sung by the Troubies as fourth-graders. "Tonight" becomes a hymn to Christmas Eve, and "I Feel Pretty" is sung by the leg lamp. "One Hand, One Heart" is a love song to the Daisy Air Rifle, sung by Ralphie and a female Red Ryder. The rambunctious Troubie style allows for hilarious asides, gags, ad libs, inside jokes, wild choreography by Molly Alvarez and comic jabs at Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and John Boehner.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 & 7 p.m. Starts: Dec. 9. Continues through Jan. 15, 2011