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The Santaland Diaries continues at Open Space Cafe Theatre

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If you’re looking for a high-energy retelling of the nativity story for the holiday season, there are two spirited productions ongoing this week. Now through Dec. 13 Barn Dinner Theatre is performing Black Nativity, a vibrant recap of the birth of Jesus that uses gospel music, African drums and dance to put new life into the story.

Triad Stage is also recounting the miracle this week through Dec. 24 in its 10th anniversary production of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. In the comical but light-hearted production, a down-home church in the Appalachian Mountains reenacts for its “congregation” the fall of Adam and Eve, the birth of Christ and other miracles.

Also continuing this week is Open Space Café Theatre’s productions of The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings, both by the witty and sarcastic David Sedaris. The one-man and one-woman shows highlight the pains of the holidays, from the hassle of family and shopping to the woes of being a Macy’s elf. Performances continue through Sunday.

Thursday through Dec. 18, Theatre Alliance kicks off its holiday season with a classic musical based on the 1954 film: White Christmas. When two iconic song-and-dance men follow a sister act to Vermont, they soon discover that the 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.”

Also new this week, Community Theatre of Greensboro is bringing back one of its holiday favorites: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Running Friday through Dec. 18, the fun production features a couple that is charged with putting on a church Christmas pageant with a group of inventively awful kids as the cast.

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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