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    La Pastorela

    La Pastorela – a tradition since the 16th century, the annual yuletide play that's been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica – is adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. This year, Clemencia Zapata returns as music director of the story of shepherds on a pilgrimage that pits them against angels and demons who test their strength and faith along the way.
    Dec. 12-22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $6-21 (pay what you wish, Dec. 12).  
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    The Reciprocity of Persephone

    Bottle Alley Theatre Company brings a modern feminist retelling of that classic Greek myth, as directed by Dani Stetka and presented in the living room of a private home.
    Thu.-Tue., Dec. 12-17, 7:30pm. $10.  
    211 Dunlap
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    A Christmas Carol

    ZACH’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a family-friendly spectacular, a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $35 and up.  
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    Dear Evan Hansen

    A letter that was never meant to be seen; a lie that was never meant to be told; a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in, in this "deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it."
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44-154.  
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    Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

    An award-winning, Off-Broadway, laugh-fest that'll take you back to 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein's annual holiday quiche breakfast. Delicious discoveries and cheeky innuendoes ensue, as presented by City Theatre Company.
    Through Dec. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm (no show Dec. 26). $10-25.
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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's monstrous masterpiece, as adapted by Patrick Sandford, is presented by Different Stages with Norman Blumensaadt directing and Sam Grimes as the unfortunate results of Dr. Frankenstein's tampering with natural forces beyond control.
    Through Dec. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. Extra show: Wed., Dec. 11, 8pm. $15-30.  
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    It's A Wonderful Life: Classic Radiocast

    This show from the Penfold Theatre gang up in Round Rock draws audience members back in time to 1946, as members of the KPNF radio station are assembling for a live radio performance of, well, you know: George Bailey, that angel Clarence, Bedford Falls, and where the band Zuzu's Petals got its name from? Yes.
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-31.  
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    Next to Normal

    Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer-winning musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness, taking audiences "into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy, and heart." Directed by Lisa Scheps and Brian Cheslik for Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre. Note: This production will be fully deaf-inclusive, with each character played by two cast members – one deaf, one hearing.
    Through Dec. 21. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $5-45.  
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    She Loves Me

    Austin Playhouse celebrates the holiday season with the romantic musical comedy, set in the 1930s, about two feuding shop clerks who can’t seem to find common ground, but by night write beautiful love letters to their "secret admirers." And who do you suppose those turn out to be? (Note: Not Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan, although this play was made into the movie You've Got Mail.) Starring Joey Banks and Sarah Zeringue, directed by Scott Shipman with musical direction by Lyn Koenning.
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-46.  
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    The Butcher of Baraboo

    Valerie is the town butcher with an axe to grind; her daughter is a pharmacist whose clientele extends beyond the drug store. Over one cold February week, the town cop – who just happens to be Valerie’s sister-in-law – will try to sniff out this family’s secrets and lies in the Wisconsin city where the ground is white with snow and the air is black with comedy. Carlo Lorenzo Garcia directs Marisa Wegrzyn's play for Street Corner Arts.
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-22.  
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    The Santaland Diaries

    David Sedaris’ irreverent and cynical Crumpet returns! The outlandish tale of a Macy’s elf merrily jingles to life in this holiday classic, with 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically-correct) fun, this evening will delight adult elves who like things more naughty than nice. Directed by Nat Miller.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 6:30 & 9pm; Sun., 7:30pm. $40 and up.  
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    AUDITIONS: Shining City

    Different Stages is casting actors for this Conor McPherson drama, "an unusual encounter that becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead," to be directed by Norman Blumensaadt. Seeking one woman (ages 30-40) and three men (ages 20-60), all of whom need to be able to do a (convincing) Irish accent. See website for details and appointment.
    Mon.-Tue., Dec. 16-17, 7-9pm  
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    Auditions: So Lucky

    Sad Girls Productions is seeking APIDA performers (1 male, 1 female) for this original play by Sandy Lam. All actors will be paid at the end of the run (Mar. 8-21, 2020); rehearsals are on Sunday and a weekday that will be chosen based on actor availability. No experience required. See link for further details.
    Through Dec. 14  

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