Inspecting Carol is the title of the latest play I’m in that opens the week before Christmas. I play a character (Larry) who plays Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, which takes place within the play.
This is from the Vashon Allied Arts website:
Inspecting Carol portrays a subpar theatre company preparing to mount its umpteenth production of everyone’s favorite holiday cash cow, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Long-time Seattle Repertory Artistic Director Daniel Sullivan wrote the play, with the initial 1992 production at the Rep featuring a cadre of popular Seattle actors. This play-within-a-play was said to have some basis in prominent local actors and certainly many well-known theatre types.
Inspecting Carol tells the story of a theater on the brink of financial collapse while awaiting the imminent arrival of an inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts. The inspector’s visit is expected to result in an infusion of desperately needed cash… or the demise of the floundering company
In all honesty, this is the funniest play I’ve ever been in or even heard of. It’s a bit risque in parts, but how could I pass up the opportunity to say lines like, “Don’t you think Tiny Tim ever had a wet dream?” Another character gets to declare, “I’m not playing some stereotypical Third World baby!” That last one comes from one of the ghosts that visits Scrooge.
Although intense and time-consuming, rehearsals have be quite fun.
Aren’t you at least a little curious about why this is necessary?
Would you like to know why one character enthusiastically recites the Now is the winter of our discontent speech from Richard III. Or why Scrooge feels the need to deliver one of the monologues in Spanish?
If you needed an excuse to come out to Vashon Island, this is your chance. Tickets are available here.