Productions galore take Seattle-area stages during the post-Thanksgiving-early-December period, with new shows adding to the encores and perennials.
Hey Donner! Blitzen! Prancer! Cupid! Vixen! When you reindeer folk ferry your bearded boss Santa across the skies of Seattle and environs, why not drop in for some holiday shows?
The selection is vast so we’ll make it easier for you, with this guide to selected amusements:
New to the holiday stage
“Unwrapped.” Seattle’s glam drag goddess Jinkx Monsoon and her partner-in-camp Major Scales offer a jamboree of music and satire with an “unconventional” approach to holiday classics. They promise “tunes, laughs, mistletoe and menorahs.” Nov. 25-Dec. 13, Seattle Repertory Theatre (206-443-2222 or seattlerep.org)
“This Christmas.” If it’s family fare you crave, consider the festive comedy by Anne Kennedy Brady (aimed at ages 10 and older) about a woman whose “perfect” Christmas Eve is threatened by uninvited guests and other surprises. (Dinner is available, and the Dickens Carolers sing at some performances.) Nov. 20-Dec. 26, Taproot Theatre, Seattle (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org)
Back to Bedford Falls
“Wonderful Life.” Frank Capra’s feel-good holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” has inspired many a spinoff, including this solo musical, in which one actor recaps Capra’s small-town saga of failure and redemption. Dec. 3-27, ArtsWest Playhouse Seattle (206-938-0339 or artswest.org)
“This Wonderful Life.” This play is another one-man take on the story. Through Nov. 28. Aurora Theatre at Firdale Village Theatre, Edmonds (206-714-5045; auroratheatreshoreline.org)
“It’s a Wonderful Life.” And for a different twist on the familiar fable, Theatre Anonymous presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” performed by an unlisted crew of actors, who pop out of the audience to fill their roles. Dec. 12 only. 14/48 Projects at Cornish Playhouse, Seattle (www.the1448projects.org/anonymous)
Fun Noir and bard-ish encores
“Holiday of Errors.” Daniel Flint and Frank Lawler’s devilishly literate and humorous romp is a mashup of Shakespeare and Dickens, showing Will of Avon trying to quill-pen a holiday hit for that tough Elizabethan crowd. Dec. 4-20. Sound Theatre at 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle (800-838-3006 or soundtheatrecompany.org)
“Christmastown: A Holiday Noir.” Prolific local playwright Wayne Rawley stuffs a lot of diverting goodies into this seasonal parody of film noir: the private eye, the sexy dame, the quirky plot, the wiseguy argot. Dec. 5-24, Seattle Public Theater (206-524-1300 or seattlepublictheater.org)
“Unsilent Night.” For all ages, something very cool: a free holiday walk through the streets of Seattle accompanied by electronica played on iPhones and boomboxes. The composer is Phil Kline, and Seattle is one of more than a dozen cities where the stroll with sound will happen. Dec. 19, starts at 5 p.m. at On the Boards, Seattle (ontheboards.org)
“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” You can hear jazz great Vince Guaraldi’s original score for the 1965 animated TV special, played by the Jose Gonzalez Trio. It’s a benefit for Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Dec. 11, Cornish Playhouse, Seattle (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com)
“Xmas B-Sides and Rarities.” Hunting for a “dark, occasionally cynical, often funny” variety show that’s “the perfect antidote to overly cheery, relentlessly commercialized traditional Christmas fare”? Here it is. Dec. 21. 14/48 Projects at West of Lenin, Seattle (206-352-1777 or westoflenin.com)
“Miracle on 34th Street.” Seattle Radio Theatre brings back its live broadcast adaptation of another holiday movie favorite, about a skeptical little girl, Kris Kringle and New York’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Dec. 4, Town Hall, Seattle (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org)
A Couple of Dickens Carols
“A Christmas Carol.” Charles Dickens’ Christmas story is an American staple, and ACT Theatre has long presented its diverting version yearly, this time with Kurt Beattie and Charles Leggett as alternating Scrooges. Nov. 27-Dec. 30, ACT Theatre, Seattle (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.” Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh’s clever mashup of Scrooge and Sherlock. Dec. 4-19, Renton Civic Theatre (425-226-5529 or rentoncivictheatre.org)