Inspecting Carol: A case of mistaken identity kicks off a path of absurdity.

Inspecting Carol is a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling theater’s annual performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Be ready for some witty one-liners and great acting while the production plays with archetypes and pokes fun of stereotypes in a theater company.

This mature comedy portrays a bumbling theater troupe, each personality well-defined and brought to life through a seasoned and accomplished cast of actors. The sets and lighting are perfectly designed to transport the audience, feeling as if we are truly getting a window into this company’s struggles. The characters’ personalities are aptly portrayed, coming together with clashing egos and hilarious missteps.

The mistaken identity of an aspiring actor as an auditor from the National Endowment for the Arts leads to the company trying to fall over themselves to impress him so they don’t lose their funding.  The premise results in many hilarious changes to the production and funny personality clashes.

Though the play builds to its side-splitting climax at the end, my personal favorite scene was the theater warmups in the beginning; the lemon exercises were spit-out-your-drink funny.

If you are looking for something different, and a way to break up the typical holiday stories, this satire is the perfect fit. It will be a special treat for anyone who has spent any time in the theater or working together in a creative production. There are still tickets for this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Learn more at

— By Rachel Gardner


  1. The American Revolution was a rare exception, and had exceptional people leading it. Even so:

    Throughout the course of the war, an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war. (American Battlefield Trust)

    And in the Civil War, Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. … A recent study puts the number of dead as high as 850,000. (ibid)

    And that is not even to speak of the countless homes and public buildings destroyed, the maimed who lived on minus limbs or sight, the orphans, and the traumatized who survived the fighting, as soldier and as civilians.

    And those were “good wars.”

    Fighting may sometimes be necessary to halt an evil. But civil war and revolutions always create pain and suffering. There are other ways open to Americans. It may take longer and be frustrating, but the alternative is destructive. I’m not ready to destroy Olympia over car tabs, or shell anyone over a stadium.

    Again., an educated, informed electorate will weed out bad governance, given time. Churchill remarked that “…democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’ Let’s not throw that “worst best” away.

  2. I’m not sure how this got here; it was a response to Caroline Baertsch on Scene in Edmonds. Apologies – I’m not good at internet things!

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