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    A Christmas Carol

    This ZACH Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic, directed by Abe Reybold and starring the estimable Jaston Williams, is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras." It's riotously redolent of the ghosts of Motown past, but of course you know the basic Ebenezer of this thing: crotchety, cratchity, creepy, and (ultimately) heartwarming. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
    Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    A Christmas Carol: Classic Radiocast

    The players of the fictional KPNF radio station re-create Dickens' cherished masterpiece in this Nathan Jerkins adaptation, with all the characters brought to life by a small company of voice actors and live foley sound effects. Directed by Ryan Crowder for Penfold Theatre. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
    Through Dec. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
    Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley, Round Rock
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    A Cool Yule: Swingin' Holiday Cabaret

    Enjoy an evening in which this swingin' cabaret warms your holiday heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Michael Buble, Peggy Lee, and more – as performed by your favorite TexARTS stars, directed by Susan Finnigan. (Wanna really live it up? Get a VIP pass to the holiday party on Dec. 16.)
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 5pm. $43 and up.  
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    Better Mr. Burns

    Yes, this is that Anne Washburn-scripted, The Simpsons-go-postapocalypse brilliance that delighted audiences at St. Ed's a few years ago, now presented by a cadre of UT theatre students under the direction of Khristián Méndez Aguirre to "address the impact of environmental waste and abusive rehearsal practices to address a significant blind spot in contemporary American theatre: the intersection of environmental and social justice." And we've got a report on that right here.
    Dec. 14-17. Fri. & Mon., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7pm. Free.  
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    Fun Home

    Now here's the Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic memoir, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Lisa Scheps directs for Ground Floor Theatre, with musical direction by Adam Roberts. And starring – FTW, we daresaySarah Marie Curry as Alison, Taylor Flanagan as Medium Alison, and Mariela Denson as Small Alison.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-100.  
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    The Santaland Diaries

    Does it return? Of course it returns – this show is more evergreen than a forest of Christmas trees. David Sedaris' outlandish tale of a (oh, shall we say disgruntled) Macy’s elf jingles to life again in this latest incarnation, with that costumed Crumpet waxing snarktastic on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas during what's hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. J. Robert Moore – the bright star of Zach's one-man show Buyer and Cellar a couple years ago – plays Crumpet, and Nat Miller directs, so we reckon this year's holiday-skewering is doubleplusgood to go. But does our reviewer think so, too?
    Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Thu., 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 6:30 & 9pm. $40 and up.  

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