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Barn Dinner Theatre’s Black Nativity Continues This Week

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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2016)

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The holidays are upon us and so are several winter productions that celebrate family, friends, Christ and Christmas.

Continuing this week through Dec. 13 is Barn Dinner Theatre’s Black Nativity, a vibrant retelling of the birth of Jesus that uses gospel music, African drums and high-energy dance routines.

Triad Stage is also celebrating the holidays with the Biblical tale. Its production of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity is a down-home version of the religious classic. The Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett original features a loving church, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, which reenacts the fall of Adam and Eve, the birth of Christ and other miracle tales. Productions run through Christmas Eve.

New on Friday, Open Space Café Theatre will entertain audiences with a humorous and sarcastic look at the commercial holiday. The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings, by David Sedaris, highlight the pains of the holidays and of being a Macy’s elf during one of the craziest shopping months of the year. Performances continue through Dec. 11.

Community Theatre of Greensboro is paying tribute to The Broach Theatre Company by performing one of its favorites: A Tuna Christmas Friday through Sunday. The following week, Dec. 9, the theatre will turn its attention to one of its own annual classics: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Play runs through Dec. 18.

Next week, Dec. 8, Theatre Alliance begins its holiday production of White Christmas, a classic-style musical based on the 1954 film of the same name. When two iconic song-and-dance men follow a sister act to Vermont, they soon discover that they nearly-bankrupt lodge in which they are to perform is actually owned by their former commanding general. The production includes such hits as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “White Christmas.” Production runs through Dec. 18.

Closer to Christmas, look forward to Twin City Stage’s traditional production of Macy’s Yes, Virginia The Musical, the heart-warming tale of an eight-year-old girl who writes the local paper to ask, “Is Santa real?” The editor’s answer is a spirited message that hones the true spirit of the holidays. The performance is based on a true story and runs Dec. 16-18.

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