by Lenise Willis

This week, area theaters are wrapping up their holiday shows as we approach the last few days before Christmas. If you haven’t yet seen Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Triad Stage will present Preston Lane’s ghostly version at Pyrle Theatre now until Dec. 24. On Thursday UpStage Cabaret will present its last showing of David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries, as adapted by Joe Mantello. The play features a hilarious and sarcastic elf, Crumpet, who reveals the true embarrassment that lies behind being a Macy’s elf. His non-PC complaints keep the audience laughing and in good spirits. It is not recommended for young audiences. Full review at www.yesweekly. com. The Barn Dinner Theatre presents two Christmas shows this week. On Sunday and Monday, see Langston Hughes’ nontraditional version of the nativity story in Black Nativity. The actors, dressed in African garb, express the joy of the season with lively dance, African rhythms and blissful gospel music. Tickets sell fast, so call early for reservations. See review at

Christmas Spectacular: Christmas is… will also be playing at the Barn Dinner Theatre. 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.

The family show is packed with song and dance that celebrate Broadway, Motown, country, gospel, pop and more. Play runs now until Dec. 31 with a special Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Encore featuring the Barn Band. In addition to the show there will be a buffet dinner, door prizes throughout the night, dancing with the Barn Band after the show, a champagne toast at midnight and finally a hot breakfast bar to start off the New Year. Coming up next week, on Dec. 31 comedian Chris Wiles performs with comedian Shane McConnaghy at Greensboro Coliseum’s Odeon Theater. The show also includes a midnight buffet dinner and dance party spun by DJ Eminate of First Affordable DJs. A portion of the proceeds go to the KT foundation, a volunteer group of advocates for those afflicted with the rare vascular disorder Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.