Christmas goes on the rocks in Hartford

December 6, 2017 by  

What would happen if beloved characters from favorite Christmas movies and TV specials came down from the screen and described what their lives are really like? That is the basic question driving the show ‘Christmas on the Rocks’, an annual tradition which is now running at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.

In a dingy bar on Christmas Eve somewhere in the United States, a bartender is getting ready for what he assumes will be a boring evening with few customers, but as the night goes on, characters from classic films and holiday television specials start drifting in. Among them is George Bailey from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’; Ralphie, the youngster from ‘A Christmas Story’ who is constantly told “you’ll shoot your eye out!”; and the hapless Charlie Brown from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. Now grown, they share stories of what they have been doing since they first appeared in their program.

The cast consists of three actors: Tom Bloom is the bartender, while Matt Wilkas plays all the men and boys and Jenn Harris plays all the women and girls, enacting scenes that have each been written by a different playwright. The theatrical romp is the brainchild of the artistic director of TheaterWorks, Rob Ruggiero.

The show will run until December 23. Dates and times are on the theater’s website.

Theatergoers often like to have a memento of their visit, so managers might work with a poster printing company to create posters for the production that can also be made available for purchase.