Every Christmas, you watch the same old movies — A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. Don't you think it's about time for some modernized Christmas performances? Instead of Ralphie begging his parents for a BB gun, let's change the scenario by making him ask his parents for a Barbie Doll. And what about Miracle on 34th Street? Instead of Kris Kringle actually being Santa Claus, why not just make him into a loveable schizophrenic? And, I don't know, how about we change Scrooge from A Christmas Carol into a woman and reverse old British gender roles? Well, you're in luck, because this Sunday, West of Broadway performs Mrs. Scrooge the Musical, a hip adaptation where Scrooge's wife is a powerful CEO. This amazing new musical written by Diane Namm takes aim at the holiday season and Dickens' portrayal of women. Mrs. Scrooge is meaner than Mr. Scrooge and treats her assistant like dirt. Mrs. Scrooge doesn't even believe in ghosts, until the ghost of Christmas Future tries to teach her the true meaning of Christmas. And relax, there's still Tiny Tim. Don't miss this family and feminist friendly adaption of Dickens' classic. Highways Performance Center, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m.; closes Sat., Dec. 24 $20. (424) 234-9962 or westofbroadway.org.

Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 16. Continues through Dec. 24, 2011

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