A Christmas Story (2010)

November 21 — December 26, 2010
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

By Phil Grecian
Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark
Directed by Rose Riordan
“Wacky and wistful, and fresh as a fir.” —San Jose Mercury News

Please note: children under 6 cannot be admitted to PCS productions.

The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle. He doesn’t simply want it—he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. Looming in the way, however, are alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, unsympathetic authorities and a certain horrifying Macy’s Santa. Based upon the classic motion picture, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy—that is, until someone shoots their eye out.

The running time for “A Christmas Story” is approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.

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Playbill for A Christmas Story

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 blog

Quick (CUTE) Christmas Blog

Quick (CUTE) Christmas Blog

25 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Tracking Santa Backstage…


Backstage: The Wardrobe Crew

16 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Last week, you read about the deck crew for A Christmas Story.  This week, we’ll peek into the World of Wardrobe. It’s pretty…. glamorous. Consider yourselves warned.


The Backstage Blog Is Born!

10 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Portland Center Stage? How did the set move like that? How did that actor just appear, hanging upside down from his ankles? Where is the gosh-danged BAND? This IS a live musical, isn’t it? Where is that light coming from? Well, inquisitive patron, let’s take look… with the Backstage Blog!



A Christmas Story art & photos View on Flickr »

Rose Riordan, Associate Artistic Director, talks about A Christmas Story. View on Vimeo »

Trailer for A Christmas Story. View on Vimeo »

An inside look at the set for A Christmas Story being built. View on Vimeo »

Reviews and Features

Tyler Moss | Novice du Jour [Review 22 Dec 2010]

This play impressively nailed all the funniest parts of the plot, and there are a number of them, while still managing to be fresh and exciting. Everything from the pink bunny pajamas to the “Oh fffffffffuuuuuuudddddddgggggeeeee!” during the tire change had me cracking up as if the story was completely new to me. I was particularly impressed with the set—a two story house that was so detailed that it looked like an exact model of the home from the movie.

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Anne Adams | Portland Monthly [Review 07 Dec 2010]

Move over, Scrooge; you’ve been replaced—by a boy who wants a beebee gun.

This year, in a departure from its longstanding tradition, Portland Center Stage opted to swap A Christmas Carol for A Christmas Story. While the titles are similar, the two plays are worlds apart. Indulge Culturephile, if you will, in a little comparison:

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Noah Dunham | The Portland Mercury [Review 06 Dec 2010]

Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Ian Patrella, Tedde Moore—you probably don’t recognize these names, but you’ve most likely seen these actors on screen in holiday seasons gone by. They make up the small and brilliant core cast of the 1983 classic holiday film A Christmas Story, and they are, through no direct fault of the production’s, the main ingredient missing from Portland Center Stage’s (PCS) recent theatrical adaptation of the same title.

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Kelly Clarke | Willamette Week [Review 01 Dec 2010]

We all already know what Ralphie wants for Christmas. The American consciousness has been imprinted with holiday visions of sexy leg lamps, oversize pink bunny suits and, of course, the “official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock” since Jean Shepherd’s classic 1940s-era family flick hit theaters in 1983 (and has aired in all-day TV marathons on TNT ever since).

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Marty Hughley | The Oregonian [Review 30 Nov 2010]

Whether we still write it down like a vital policy document, chances are that we all have a Christmas wish list. But whether our stated desire is specific and material (the latest Xbox or Audi, say) or altruistically airy (family togetherness, peace on earth), what’s really longed for likely is unnamed, unacknowledged.
“A Christmas Story,” the beloved holiday movie based on Jean Shepherd’s semi-autobiographical short stories, revolves around nine-year-old Ralphie and his obsessive yearning for a BB gun. Speaking of specificity, he has his heart set on a particular model—“an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock,” he says, as if it were an incantation that held power only if spoken in a single breathless rush.

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