Juxtaposition is the name of the game here. The twilight of radio faces the rise of visual broadcasting in the story’s background, the set design casts a pall of sparse dereliction over a zany holiday comedy, and 1940s character archetypes riff on everything from Citizen Kane and Knute Rockne to Scooby-Doo and Jon-Erik Hexum.

And it works, as the Hillsboro cast of eight tempers the verbose, extremely fast-paced farce with nonstop visual interplay and innuendo. They constantly collide (usually hand-to-breast) and fill the stage with raunchy sight gags in aKarol that boasts dropped pants aplenty, a three-girl nipple-twisting routine and at least six pelvic thrusts in the first act. They manage to sing a few Christmas songs, too! 


see it: A KBNB Kristmas Karol is at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 693-3953. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday (also 7:30 pm shows Dec. 21-23). Through Dec. 23. $27-$32.