This Wonderful Life

Richard Robichaux directs this Steve Murray one-man adaptation of the beloved Capra film It's a Wonderful Life, which sounds like a pretty decent holiday treat, y'know? Like, why the hell not? But then you learn that Martin Burke will be playing all 37 characters from the movie himself – and you realize it's more like an OMG-don't-miss-this-show situation at Zach Scott this holiday season. Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. See website for more information.) $18-65.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541


A Christmas Story

Philip Grecian's version of Jean Shepherd's holiday classic gets the full Zach treatment, as reviewed here. Nov. 27-Dec. 29. Tue.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. (Note: no show on Dec. 24; see website for more information). $18-65.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541


Shen Yun: Reviving Five Thousand Years of Civilization

The New York-based company tours their acclaimed spectacle, a journey into a long-lost world of ancient legends, heavenly palaces, and the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Music, dance, animated backdrops – an incredible show of talent and skill and artistic dedication. Dec. 27-29. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $50 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100



The Muttcracker (Sweet!)

Darren Peterson's Circus Chickendog presents a fabulously fun show for all ages, featuring brilliant rescue dogs performing circus feats, a talking parrot, world-class juggling, unicycling, live music, and many more magical acts. We recommend the show highly, because you can imagine how awesome something like this could be, right? And then you actually see it? And, whoa, it's even better. Nightly, through Jan. 5, 6pm.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282