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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 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 Tuna Christmas

    The City Theatre company takes on Joe Sears and Jaston WIlliams' classic about holiday antics in the third smallest town in Texas, with Scot Friedman and Rick Smith handling all the many roles and Robyn Conner directing.
    Through Jan. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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    The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

    Darren Peterson's unstoppable Circus Chickendog presents a fun holiday show for all ages, featuring talented rescue dogs performing circus feats, a talking parrot, world-class juggling, unicycling, live music, and many more magical acts. Directed by Dillon Yruegas, scripted by Melissa Vogt, it's a barking delight and we recommend the show highly.
    Through Jan. 6. Pretty much daily, 4:30 & 6:30pm, but check website for schedule. $15-35.  
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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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