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You’re a vile one, ‘Mrs. Grinchley’

Even in the world of the Gold Dust Orphans, holiday tales offer messages of hope and a storyline in which good triumphs over evil.

Even in the world of the Gold Dust Orphans, holiday tales offer messages of hope and a storyline in which good triumphs over evil. Thankfully, getting to that happy place with Ryan Landry and his troupe of merry men (and women) is much more naughty than nice.

Their latest Christmas offering, “Mrs. Grinchley’s Christmas Carol,” is a musical mashup of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol.” Though not suitable for children, this uproarious production is among Landry’s finest to date.

Bawdy, silly, over-the-top and just a wee bit off-color, Landry’s remarkably intelligent parody is rife with men in dresses, double entendres and some of the best throwaway lines you’ll ever hear. (“I’m going to sit down and have me a little nipsey, Russell” is a personal favorite.)

If you look just beneath the sparkles and the glitter you’ll see smart, edgy writing, impeccable comic timing and a troupe of supremely talented actors who make it look like so much fun that you might just wish you were on stage with them.

As Mrs. Grinchley, a disturbingly green Landry not only delights, but has some of his best moments when he breaks the fourth wall because of failing props or related mishaps of live theater.

Liza Lott delivers one of her finest performances ever as Grinchley’s pill-popping niece Liza Minnelli. Her rendition of “Stay High at Christmastime” could easily become a holiday classic. In certain households, at least.

Olive Another literally lights up as the Ghost of Christmas Past and perennially fabulous drag diva Afrodite is almost magical as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Even the Grinch himself makes an eerie appearance in this delightful production.

‘Mrs. Grinchley’s Christmas Carol’
Through Dec. 19
Club Machine
1254 Boylston St., Boston
$35-$45, 617-265-6222
www.brownpapertickets.com

 
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