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    A Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast

    With an original script by Penfold Theatre Company’s Nathan Jerkins, this holiday classic brings the humor and heartwarming holiday feels to Round Rock (Dec. 9-18) and Austin (Dec. 19), performed in that iconic live-radio-show format by local actors and a foley sound artist. We're telling you about these Round Rock gigs, even, because, well – look at this cast: Lowell Bartholomee, Eva McQuade, Mical Trejo, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Robert Faires. And it's directed by Rosalind Faires. We say: If professionally staged Christmas cheer is your cuppa tea, this will totally slake your theatre thirst.
    Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $16-21.  
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    Greetings from Shrewd Mountain Lodge

    Ready to solve a mystery, you clever sleuths? Here's a multimedia holiday whodunit – created by Jenny Connell Davis, Shannon Grounds, Trey Deason, and Raul Garza – in which things go awry among the cast and crew of the Winter Festival Play assembled at Shrewd Mountain Lodge. As strange events and sinister accidents continue to pile up, it becomes clear that someone or something is trying to sabotage the production. Note: Subscribers will hear from all six main characters via video messages, holiday cards, and letters in the actual mail over the course of six weeks – along with artifacts, souvenirs, and clues to help solve the mystery. Bonus: Discover the culprit by the end of Week 5, and you'll get an additional, special prize.
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    Hamilton

    This, in case you somehow didn't know (and please accept our congratulations on finally waking up from that years-long coma, yo, it's good to have you back), is the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Brought to town by the good people of Broadway in Austin, it's a phenomenon that's worthy of its endless hype, and they say tickets are possibly still available.
    Through Dec. 19. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $49-299.  
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    La Pastorela

    Teatro Vivo’s La Pastorela is a celebration of the Austin BIPOC community that keeps all the lessons and humor of the traditional Pastorela (with the familiar shepherds, angels, and devils), but sets in the present time in this city. Directed by Carl Gonzales, with musical direction by Eric Flores.
    Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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    The 12 Dates of Christmas

    Austin Playhouse presents Gina Hoben's heartwarming one-woman play that "offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season," as a spurned fiancée re-enters the dating world, where romance isn’t – as you, citizen, may be way too aware – all it’s cracked up to be. Starring Lara Toner Haddock, directed by Cyndi Williams.
    Wed., Dec. 15, 7:30pm; Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30pm; Mon., Dec. 20, 7:30pm. Streaming on demand: Dec. 20-26. $20 (in-person), $12 (streamed live).  
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: Back on the Boards - Wish You Were Here!

    Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents these familiar numbers in traditional staging to celebrate the holiday months of 2021, streaming free of charge via the GSA website throughout December, featuring celebrated local performers in duets and solos on the Worley-Barton stage, as directed by Jan Jones and Holton Johnson.
    Through Dec. 30. Free.  
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    Heroic Dose

    Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
    It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
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    Kin • Song: Ode to Disability Ancestors

    UT's Department of Theatre & Dance presents this virtual-access "digital performance ritual,", this "cybernetic seance," conceived and directed by Alexis Riley and crafted from monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song, and dance to "call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration, and care."
    Available on-demand through Dec. 12. $5.  
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    Strange, But Perfect

    In Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's new play, the year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news in which marketing assistant Charlie from NYC decided to quarantine at his grandma's house in rural America. But, WTF, someone else was already there: a townie who's been acting as Charlie's grandma's caretaker? Weirdness, hilarity, and complex humanity ensue. Directed by A. Skola Summers for Street Corner Arts, featuring Natalie D. Garcia and the playwright himself.
    Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    The Thanksgiving Play

    Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa Fasthorse’s satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast, Thanksgiving play for elementary schools. Directed by Melissa Vogt for Different Stages, featuring Luke Wallens, Chiara McCarty, Greg Ginther, and Cassandra DeFreitas.
    Through Dec. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-35.  
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    Unexpected Joy

    Here's the regional premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical about three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. Directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre, with in-person performances and streaming options, this is a shows that "weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades." Starring Michelle Alexander, Caroline Mullins, Amber Quick, and Cathie Sheridan.
    Through Dec. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  

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