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A Christmas Carol for George Wallace

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The holiday season has been cast in many lights with everyone from Jesus, Santa Claus and the Grinch vying for the leading role. New Orleans' newest theater company, Cripple Creek, is putting a rather surpising new candidate in the race for Christmas icon, former segregationist and Alabama governor George Wallace, substituting him for Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge. In looking for a holiday production, company-founder Andrew Vaught adapted his own one-act drama George Wallace in Hell to create this story about redemption. The comedy begins in the hospital on Christmas Eve and looks back at Wallace's career from when he embraced segregation to win the governor's office up through the assassination attempt that left him with four bullet wounds. Eventually the real Wallace had a change of heart, and this play casts that turnaround in much the same way Scrooge sheds his miserly ways, but how far will Wallace have to go to redeem himself? Andrew Kingsley stars as the controversial politician in A Christmas Carol for George Wallace. Tickets $12.50 general admission. -- Will Coviello

8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec 3; through Dec. 17

The Big Top, 1638 Clio St., 569-2700; www.cripplecreekplayers.org

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