Portland Center Stage brings comedic genius of The Second City to the stage this holiday season with The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens.” Emmy Award-wining writers for “The Colbert Report,” Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, wrote this sidesplitting take on Charles Dickens’ Christmas novella.

The script offers plenty of opportunities for improv, which is an exciting first for the company with a multi-cast production. Several Second City alumni will make their PCS debuts, including Matt Hovde, directing the action, and Craig Cackowski, starring as Scrooge. They’ll be joined by a troupe of local comedic talent performing a host of familiar Dickens characters who will get twisted this holiday season.

Dicken’s famous Victorian streets will spring to life on the stage at Gerding Armory, 128 NW 11th St. in Portland’s Pearl District, as Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the fat, plucked goose and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up with anachronistic characters, hilarious improv and an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in celebrity guests.

The production will run through Dec. 22.

Tickets are $33, with discounts available for students and those younger than 25. Rush tickets are $20. Adult humor is used throughout this production, and it is suggested that parents bring children only if they’re older than 16.

The Second City is known worldwide for its unique brand of humor and satire, as well as for being the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars, including Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and many more.

Buy tickets online at or by calling the box office at 503-445-3700.

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