by Lenise Willis

If you’ve already finished your holiday shopping and decorating then treat yourself with one of these shows. Better yet, why not procrastinate with our area theatres and put off that “get in the spirit” chore list? Hey, we’re not judging!

Triad Stage gives a shout-out to anyone who’s ever had a lousy, self-esteem-humbling job with its production of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Performed in the UpStage Cabaret, the one-elf show uses a little sarcasm and dirty humor to lighten the mood of the stressful — and expensive — holidays. Play runs now through Dec. 23 and is not recommended for younger audiences.

Broach Theatre Company continues its production of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol, a parody play in which the ladies of the guild stage their own version of Dickens’ classic, rapping and excitedly portraying both familiar and not-so-familiar characters. Play runs through Saturday at Broach Theatre, Studio B.

If it’s a more traditional show you’re looking for, NC Shakespeare Festival’s performance of A Christmas Carol runs Friday-Tuesday at High Point Theatre. Triad Stage’s adapted performance is running now through Dec. 24. This year’s entirely new approach is far less dark than last year’s adaptation.

After seeing A Christmas Carol, find out what happens to the characters 10 years later in Nick Meglin’s new musical Tim and Scrooge, a sequel to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Open Space Café Theatre continues to perform the play now through Sunday.

Catch another holiday tradition — The Nutcracker — Friday through Sunday at Carolina Theatre where Greensboro Ballet puts on its annual production. UNCSA will perform the traditional ballet at the Stevens Center Thursday through Sunday.

Theatre Alliance’s GI Holiday Jukebox finishes its runs Friday through Sunday. Set during WWII, Christmastime, 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.

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.