by Lenise Willis

Christmas-mania is steadily climbing this week, and alongside the holiday songs blar- ing over department store intercoms are local theatres putting on their own seasonal pro- ductions. Wednesday, Broach Theatre Company attacks the classic A Christmas Carol with an opening production of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ In this parody play, the ladies of the guild stage their own version of Dickens’ classic, rapping and excitedly portraying a dizzy array of familiar and not-sofamiliar characters. Play runs through Dec. 17 at Broach Theatre, Studio B.

Open Space Café Theatre’s adaptation Tim and Scrooge runs Thursday through Dec. 18. See feature to left.

If it’s a more traditional show you’re looking for, NC Shakespeare Festival’s performance of A Christmas Carol runs Friday through Dec. 20 at High Point Theatre. Triad Stage’s adapted performance is running now through Dec. 24.

Thursday through Monday, Hanesbrands Theatre will show live in HD, the new play Collaborators, presented by the National Theatre of London. The play, by John Hodge, is far from other theatre’s joyful themes this week and centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.

The Barn Dinner Theatre continues its annual holiday performance, Black Nativity, every Sunday and Monday in December.

The play uses African drums, songs and dance to tell the Biblical story of the birth of Christ.

The traditional Russian ballet, The Nutcracker, has inspired many holiday shows this season. Dec. 16-18 Greensboro Ballet presents its annual ballet performance at

Carolina Theatre. UNC School of the Arts will perform the traditional ballet at the Stevens Center Saturday, Dec. 11 and Dec. 15-18.

Theatre Alliance’s GI Holiday Jukebox runs on the weekends Friday through Dec. 18. Set during World War II, Christmas time, the show features four fictitious Hollywood stars who put together a string of 1940s hits and Christmas music to entertain “the boys” at the front.

Triad Stage’s production of The Santaland Diaries at the UpStage Cabaret provides the medicine of laughter for anyone fed-up with the commercial-mania of the holidays. The satirical, one-man show runs now through Dec. 23 and is not recommended for younger audiences.