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"A Christmas Story" at OnStage Atlanta

"You'll shoot your eye out!" If you know that line, you'll know that OnStage Atlanta is telling A Christmas Story this holiday season. Yes, the tale of young Ralphie Parker, who wants nothing more from Santa than a genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. This two-act play is based on the 1983 movie and Jean Shepherd's stories of growing up in Hammond, Ind. It's not the musical version, but all the familiar story lines are here — Ralphie's oddball parents, his troubles with a school bully, the wet tongue on a winter lamppost and the leg-shaped lamp, among others.

"A Comedy of Tenors" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Paris in the 1930s. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium full of screaming fans. The stage is set for the concert of the century — as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep an Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from fomenting chaos. A Comedy of Tenors is playwright Ken Ludwig's long-awaited companion piece to the award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor (1989). Saddle up for another ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom high jinks and slapdash fun.
"Black Nativity" by Dominion Entertainment
Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Christmas story written in 1961 by acclaimed poet and playwright Langston Hughes (1902-1967). This one-act version, produced by Dominion Entertainment Group, takes audiences from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, spirituals, anthems and toe-tapping gospel numbers ("My Way Is Cloudy," "Poor Baby Jesus," "Mary Did You Know," "What Child Is This" and many others. It's performed at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center. For many metro Atlantans, it isn't Christmas without Black Nativity.
"Cardboard Piano" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express likes to pluck its newest work from the annual Humana
Festival of New Plays  at Actors Theatre of Louisville. It has done so
again with Hansol Jung's Cardboard Piano, set in a remote
Ugandan village on  New Year’s Eve in 1999. There, two girls — a
villager, and the daughter of American missionaries — sneak into a
church to hold a makeshift wedding for themselves. When they’re
interrupted by a boy soldier on the run, they're thrust into a chain of
events that  changes them forever.  Kennesaw State’s Karen Robinson
directs an enviable cast comprising Ashley Anderson (Essential Theatre’s
Ada and the Memory Engine), Isake Akanke (Synchronicity Theatre’s Eclipsed), Stephen Ruffin (the Alliance’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket) and Rob Demery (Too Heavy for Your Pocket, True Colors’ Fetch Clay Make Man).
"First Date" at Marietta Theatre Company

Blind date. First date. Could it get any worse? This musical based on the concept of blind dates is pulled largely from the personal experiences of its creators. A man new to blind dating is set up with a serial-dating woman. Their evening unfolds in real time, and the couple is joined alternately, by restaurant patrons who play inner critics, friends, exes and parents. This might be a dating disaster, or it might become something special. The show had a five-month run on Broadway in 2013 with Zachary Levi (Tv's "Chuck") and Krysta Rodriguez ("Smash") in the main roles.

"Invasion: Christmas Carol" at Dad's Garage
It wouldn't be Christmas in Atlanta without this irreverent offering from Dad's Garage. Its merry mayhem makers once again invite you to kick conventional theater in the behind with Invasion: Christmas Carol. Your favorite characters will act and improvise alongside a clutch of crazy guest invaders (Mrs. Claus, Colonel Sanders, a T-Rex) to create a new holiday experience at every show. This PoshDealz is for front-row seats with your name on them. God bless us ... oh, never mind.
"Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill" at Theatrical Outfit
1959. Philadelphia. At Emerson’s Bar and Grill on Philly’s south side, an audience gathers to witness, unknowingly, one of jazz legend Billie Holiday’s last solo performances. Four months later, at age 44, she was dead. Atlanta-based artist Terry Burrell takes on the role that won Audra McDonald her sixth Tony Award. Lady Day, as Holiday was known, shares songs and personal stories — both hilarious and heartbreaking — as the evening wears on and she loses herself in drink. You'll hear "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do,""Crazy He Calls Me" and many more. Burrell has played Lady Day off-Broadway, has Broadway credits that include The Threepenny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Dreamgirls, and has been seen at the Alliance Theatre in Cinderella and Fella and in the title role of Ethel. Note: This play with music contains mature themes and content.
"Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" at Theatrical Outfit
A Southeastern premiere from prolific playwright Lauren Gunderson. It's Christmastime. 1815. England. Cozy up with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters at Pemberley, the grand estate of the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Middle daughter Mary Bennet, bookish and often overshadowed by her sisters, blossoms when a curious visitor proves himself an intellectual match and kindred spirit. For the first time, Mary must become the heroine of her own story. Gunderson's comedy is told with modern wit and period style.
"Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Rosemary Clooney (1928–2002) was a girl singer with big bands in the 1940s and '50s and Bing Crosby's love interest in the movie White Christmas. She became famous in 1951 when Columbia Records issued "Come On-a My House," her first million-selling single but a song she hated. She had an emotional breakdown in the 1960s, attributed in part to the assassination of friend and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. By the mid-1970s, however, she was back onstage and in the studio, eventually receiving a Grammy Award for Life Achievement. Tenderly tells her story and shares her hits, among them, "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Count Your Blessings," "Hey There" and "Mambo Italiano." Also, she was George Clooney's aunt.
"The Classic Show" at Whole World Theatre
Whole World Improv Theatre calls its Classic Improv Show "Atlanta's antidepressant since 1994." It's 90 minutes of improv scenes and games all conjured up on the spot from audience suggestions, performed by members of the company's Mainstage Actors and hosted by by of one of its fiiiiiiiine emcees (their spelling). Join in the hilarity, at Whole World's Spring Street home, at 9 p.m. Friday and/or 8 p.m. Saturday.
"The Flower Room" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express stages the world premiere of this comedy from Atlanta-based playwright Daryl Fazio, which first reached AE audiences last season as staged reading in the company's Threshold Festival of New Plays. Meet Ingrid, an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. When she loses her university job, she turns to writing erotica to pay the bills —unleashing her own journey of sexual discovery. Whoa!
"The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Marietta Theatre Company

Welcome to 1958 and the day of the Springfield High School prom. The Marvelous Wondrettes — a sort of female Forever Plaid — introduces Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with big hopes, big dreams and big crinoline skirts. Act 1 takes place at the big dance, Act 2 at a 10-year reunion. The foursome sings more than 30 hits from the 1950s and '60s, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” "It's My Party," “Lipstick on Your Collar,” "Mr. Sandman" and "You Don't Own Me." See it at Marietta Theatre Company (not to be confused with Marietta's New Theatre on the Square).

"The Snow Queen" at Serenbe Playhouse
Serenbe Playhouse takes Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen into the woods for a fourth season, emphasizing the wintry nature of the tale with its outdoor setting. Watch as young Gerda overcomes fear on her journey to save her brother, Kai, from the Snow Queen’s powerful enchantment. The story, which proves love is stronger than cynicism, comes with a celebratory snowfall at the finale (shhh). This Snow Queen takes up residence in the Natural Playground at Serenbe in a performance that travels and comes without seating (chairs available by request through the box office at 770.463.1110). Serenbe is in Chattahoochee Hills.
Atlanta Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre
Add some sparkle and a dash of magic to your holiday this December with a trip to a glittering world of wondrous delights. This year of the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, at the Fox Theatre, is your last chance to see the version you've grown to love. Artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin and company will unveil a new Nut in 2018.
Aurora Comedy Nights at Aurora Theatre
Comedy nights are back at Aurora Theatre, featuring the best of metro Atlanta's comedy and improv scene. You'll see national acts, comics on tour, the best local funny folk, up-and-coming talent and occasionally a night or two from the improv maniacs at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. The Aurora, in Lawrenceville, has a full bar — and no two-drink minimum. Plus there's no waitstaff to tip.
Lips Atlanta
For the ultimate in drag dining — yes, you read that right — Lips Atlanta is the place to be. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, promotion or divorce, expect a rip-roaring time and a quality meal. Lips, located on Buford Highway, does its best to shock you into laughter and applause as Atlanta's top drag queens perform a full stage show, with disco lighting and a club sound system. Reviewers have called the drag-dining spot "Ken and Barbie's Dream House on acid."
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is unlike other theaters, a place out of time, a place for live music, handcrafted period costumes and sword fights that happen inches from your neck. With an authentic British pub menu and a broad selection of Irish ales and premium brews, it's a place to eat, drink and nourish the soul. Any number of Shakespearan folk will entertain you — Macbeth, King Edward III, Romeo and Juliet, and Katherine and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew, among many others.