Comedy comes to the Duke Theater |

Comedy comes to the Duke Theater

“A Christmas Carol” meets “The Government Inspector” meets “Noises Off” in “Inspecting Carol” a comedy written specifically for the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The play was created through a collaboration between then artistic director Daniel Sullivan and several longtime members of the Seattle Rep acting company. Lake Tahoe Community College will bring this backstage comedy to life Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-18 in the Duke Theater.

The “Soapbox Theatre” is a fairly typical small professional theater company somewhere in the Midwest that is in a bit of a financial crisis. Their audience is waning and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is being withheld, pending an artistic evaluation of their upcoming production of “A Christmas Carol.” A man, with little talent but a big dream, asks to audition and is mistaken for the NEA inspector. He is cast and the company caters to the bewildered wannabe actor. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity.

“It is a quirky character comedy mixed with some great physical farce,” said LTCC director David Hamilton.

The LTCC production will run Nov. 8-10 at 8 p.m. and 15-17 at 8 p.m. in the Duke Theatre. There will be a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 18.

Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 seniors and children, $4 for LTCC student body cardholders. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office Monday through Friday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (530) 541-4660, ext. 240. The college is located at One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

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