PRINCETON — Sometimes the best Christmas gift ideas can get you into the worst trouble.
Festival 56 will present the comedy “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” in special holiday performances Thursday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St. in Princeton.
In this romantic farce, newlywed husband David Tuttle moonlights as a department store Santa Claus so he can afford to buy his bride an expensive Christmas present. When his wife, Samantha, discovers he’s not really working late at his office but is coming home exhausted anyway, she’s sure he’s cheating on her.
A psychiatrist neighbor and his snobbish wife try to straighten things out but wind up creating mayhem. Bungled attempts at hypnotism, a burglar masquerading as Santa Claus, the burglar’s gun moll, and a befuddled policeman add to David’s problems.
The result? The classic O. Henry tale “Gift of the Magi” meets “I Love Lucy.” Audiences will welcome this comic break in the pressure of preparing for the holidays.
Frequent collaborators Leo W. Sears and the late Jack Sharkey wrote “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” in 1989. Both writers have created more than 40 plays each. Sharkey wrote hundreds of short stories and seven novels while Sears has directed 65 plays and produced 90.
“Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” is sponsored by Hal Kuehl and Sharon Mercer with additional funding from the Illinois Arts Council. The play is included in all 2017 season ticket packages. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Babysitting services are available for Saturday night’s performance. The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible with ample parking nearby. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale at the lobby bar.
To purchase tickets, reserve seating for ticket package holders or request complimentary “elf-sitting services” for children, call 815-879-5656. Patrons may also purchase tickets by visiting www.festival56.com, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or stopping by the theater one hour before performances. Ticket prices are $29, $26 (seniors 65 plus) and $14 for students. 2018 ticket packages and gift certificates are also available for purchase.