BEDFORD — Bedford Off Broadway tunes into a “1940’s Radio Christmas Carol” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 9 at the Bedford Town Hall, 2 Meetinghouse Road.
To set the scene for the play written by Walton Jones, it’s Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, N.J.
They’re ready to present their contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” but doing a live radio show means dealing with major hiccups along the way. The audience is invited into the mayhem and madness, complete with noisy plumbing, missed cues and electrical blackouts.
And then there are over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor — but radio novice — William St. Claire. His escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale.
In order to “save the show,” the company improvises an ending to Dickens’ classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf.
Tickets are $15 to $17. Call 647-2864 for details.