The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

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December 9 — 31
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Previews are Dec. 9 & 10 | Opening night Dec. 11
By Peter Gwinn & Bobby Mort
Directed by Rob West

A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City, and includes zany holiday sketches, an ever-changing list of drop-in local celebrities and uproarious improv based on audience participation— it’s never the same show twice!

(Recommended for high school age and up.)

Run Time:
Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one intermission.

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Special showings: Thursday, Dec. 17 at noon and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.
View the season calendar.

Who’s Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

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Twist Your Dickens is recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature content, explicit language, theatrical haze, strobe lighting, the use of one tobacco-free vapor e-cigarette and a Dalek on a conquest for universal extermination. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon*

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production News & Reviews

Reviews of "Twist Your Dickens"

Posted 17 November 2015

Full-of-surprises Holiday Sketch Spoof

"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. ... Twist comes at humor from so many angles, with such irreverence and zeal, your amusement is practically... More

‘Clark Kenting’ the “Twist” Costume Changes

Posted 01 December 2015

Nicholas Kessler talks TWIST: Death-defying costume changes and the bigger, bolder take for 2015

From Tape Ball to Naughty Nappers

Posted 01 December 2015

Lauren Modica talks TWIST: From her take on the Insane Beggar Woman, to her fave celeb guests and more

Fielding your regrets about voting for Bush

Posted 01 December 2015

Craig Cackowski talks TWIST: As Scrooge, he’s learned all about Portlanders’ best and worst misdeeds


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Art and photography for Twist Your Dickens

Resource Guide

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