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Inspecting Carol

Inspecting Carol
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Daniel Sullivan
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 114
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0573693684
ISBN-13: 9780573693687
Cast Size: 4 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Inspecting Carol is a full-length comedy by Daniel Sullivan. Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy! It's a farcical behind-the-scenes look when all goes wrong in a small theatre company's attempt to mount its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Complicating the effort are prima donna performers, cast love affairs and a surprise visit by an inspector from the funding arts foundation.

Inspecting Carol deals with a struggling regional theatre company that is rehearsing its annual production of Charles Dickens' seasonal standby, A Christmas Carol. Rehearsals are at a standstill and their funding is on hold. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), when they get news of the impending arrival of a funding inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts to review their work. When they assume that the man who asks to audition is really an informer for the NEA, everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role. What will happen when the actual funding inspector shows up? Cross A Christmas Carol with The Government Inspector and Noises Off to make great holiday entertainment. Why not? thought the nationally respected Seattle Repertory Theatre's resident company. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. Perfect anytime, this delight is particularly appropriate at Christmas.

Inspecting Carol premiered in 1991 as part of the "Stage 2" productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre. It was not only a hit for the Seattle Repertory Theatre's resident company but went on to spawn multiple regional, high school, and community theatre productions as an alternative to yet another December staging of A Christmas Carol.

Cast: 4 women, 4 men

What people say:

"I laughed till I cried ... Sheer comic genius." — Journal American

"Hundreds of jokes ... about ... anything that strikes the author's sardonic fancy." — Seattle Weekly

"A razzle dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A Dickens of a giggle." — The Seattle Times

"A rollicking farce." — Everett Herald

About the Playwright:

Daniel J. Sullivan is an American theatre and film director and playwright. Artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre's resident company from 1981-1997, he gave that up to balance directing commercial projects and to teach theatre at the University of Illinois.