Brush Up Your Dickens

First performed by the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1991, Daniel J. Sullivan’s madcap comedy Inspecting Carol promises sidesplitting laughs and plenty of holiday cheer!


Loosely based on the nineteenth century Russian play The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogol (whose other best-known comedy Marriage was produced at the Hilberry in 2013), Inspecting Carol follows the members of the Soapbox Playhouse as they struggle to complete a rehearsal for their annual production of A Christmas Carol. After failing to reach their subscription goal, the company is now relying on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to stay open–and that grant is being withheld pending an inspection. The pressure is on to present the best performance in the company’s history, but matters are complicated by an overly-emotional Lithuanian director, a Scrooge who has grown so bored with his role he once did the whole play in Spanish, and a terrible new actor who has been mistaken for the inspector. The director will do anything to secure the grant money, while the stage manager would just like to make it through a rehearsal.

Inspecting Carol runs from December 4 – 19. Treat yourself to some laughter this winter. We’d be honored to share the holiday season with you!

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