Scrooge in Rouge employs 95 percent of Dickens original script. The added layer? Before the play is about to start, we find out that 17 cast members are sick from food poisoning and cannot perform. But the three actors left Ricky Graham, drag sensation Varla Jean Merman, and Yvette Hargis decide the show must still go on. Now, the three of them will attempt to perform every character and there are about 24 of them. From the hustle and bustle of costume/character changes, writer/director/actor Ricky Graham says, Once the show gets started, it has a life of its own. While youre in it, its crazy. The actors will wear bright, fun costumes that dont quite fit. Ricky Graham adds that, even though they have garnered a large gay following, the show is not dirty, but silly and fun. When children see a tall grown man in heels, they laugh. Find Cinema Paradiso at 503 SE 6th Street. Tickets cost $45. Call 954-525-3456, or visit fliff.com.
Fri., Nov. 27, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 28, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 29, 2 & 8 p.m., 2009