Twist Your Dickens
November 16 — December 22
On the Main Stage
By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
Directed by Matt Hovde
A complete send-up of the holiday classic, fully festooned with the improvisational genius behind the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with anachronistic characters, uproarious improv and an ever-changing stable of drop-in local celebrity guests.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.
The running time for Twist Your Dickens is about 1 hour and 50 minutes, including an intermission. This production uses strobe lighting and theatrical haze.
Not all performances are offered weekly; please check the calendar for exact schedule for each production.
Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted. Twist Your Dickens is recommended for ages 16+; mature content and language.
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Reviews and Comment
Faddah Wolf | Portland Stage Reviews [Review 02 Dec 2013]
“Take heart and a few PBRs, Portland hipsters (who are even well-represented in this) — there is an outstanding, boisterous piece of sheer, delightful anarchy bound to pry your guarded, cold heart open with full, Santa-like jiggling belly laughs and even make you leave your cracked-screen Galaxy Note off and your “Wotevah” stance behind, if only for two hours. It is PCS’ presentation of The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens.”
“The comic mastery here is not only in Peter Gwinn & Bobby Mort’s razor sharp script (both veterans and emmy winners of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report), but the amazing comedy turns by the cast, both on and off script, to keep us all on our toes, under Matt Hovde’s expertly timed direction.”
“Go, and loose those holiday chains that bind you, even if it’s only your impending credit card debt from Best Buy.”
Read the full review here.
A.L. Adams | Oregon ArtsWatch [Review 27 Nov 2013]
“Well, first off, don’t expect Ye Olde Morality Play. A brainchild of Chicago’s world-famous improv brand The Second City, Twist uses the Dickens narrative as a very loose framework, but between the familiar Victorian hauntings, it also spoofs as many other Christmas classics as it can. Revealing them all would spoil a lot of the show’s best gags; suffice to say that no hallmark of yuletide culture is safe from an irreverent sendup.”
“Laying aside Dickensian life lessons in favor of a good time, Twist comes at humor from so many angles, with such irreverence and zeal, your amusement is practically guaranteed.”
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