A Christmas Carol
The Yuletide Lords of Misrule at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre are presiding over a "turbocharged," nontraditional version of the Dickens classic, which means you can expect a lot of fun and laughs. The opening scene sets the impious tone with an offering of familiar carols performed with sardonic menace by the cadaverous-looking "Steampunk Chorus" (outfitted in a loud mix of raunchy dance-hall garb), led by whiz guitarist Annalee Scott. The basics of the story are all here, but director Denise Devin has spiced the production with a few surprising twists, once again working theatrical magic with her customary no-frills staging, deftly marshaling a sizable ensemble in this limited performance space. Sebastian Muñoz does the honors as Scrooge, and Devin turns in sprightly performances as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, while Zombie Joe makes a memorably scary appearance as the tormented ghost of Jacob Marley. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; through Dec. 22. (818) 202-4120, ZombieJoes.homestead.com.
Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 22, 2013
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