by Lenise Willis

Start the week with a jolly laugh and discover the truth about Santa and his elves in Jeff Goode’s comedic Eight Reindeer Monologues, which plays at Broach Theatre today until Dec. 18.

Greensboro Ballet will continue to spread the Christmas spirit as it performs The Nutcracker at Carolina Theatre until Dec. 19.

Also running until Dec. 19 is Open Space Caf’ Theatre’s 3 rd annual Ebenezer’s Trailer Park Christmas, a hilarious adaptation of A Christmas Carol set in a trailer park in Florida.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is still playing at two area theatres this week. Triad Stage presents Preston Lane’s ghostly version at Pyrle Theatre now until Dec. 24. And North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will present its traditional story at High Point Theatre through Dec. 19.

If you’ve ever had a crappy job, or simply hate the chaotic Christmas shopping rush, then you’ll love David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries, as adapted by Joe Mantello, at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. The sarcastic Crumpet, an elf in Macy’s Santaland, will keep you laughing as he shares his non-PC complaints about the holidays, parents and the lousy job market. Play runs now until Dec. 23 and is not recommended for young audiences. Click HEREfor full review.

Christmas Spectacular: Christmas is… will be playing at the Barn Dinner Theatre, along with Black Nativity (see review) until Dec. 31. To convince Santa to deliver presents this year, Mrs. Claus must first prove to him that the world hasn’t forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. This fun-for-the-whole-family show is packed with dancing and songs that celebrate Broadway, Motown, country, gospel, pop and more.

On Sunday, don’t miss the national tour of the new Broadway production Grease when it gives a one-time performance at Greensboro Coliseum’s

War Memorial Auditorium. Eddie Mekka, who played as Carmine Ragusa in “Laverne & Shirley,” stars in the tour as DJ Vince Fontaine.