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Happy Holiday Fare At San Diego Theaters

The Best Of The Christmas Shows

Above: David Engel, Laura Dickinson, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, and Jill Townsend in the San Diego Musical Theater's production of "Irving Berlin's White Christmas."

Aired 11/29/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Ed Hollingsworth plays General Waverly in San Diego Musical Theater's White Christmas

James Hebert, Theatre Critic, U-T San Diego

Transcript

The holiday shopping season has officially launched, Christmas lights are already going up, and San Diego theater companies are turning to holiday themed fare to bring audiences in.

U-T San Diego Theater critic James Hebert serves up his recommendations for what holiday fare to check out in his preview article. Here are the shows he highlights for Midday Edition.

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" returns to the Old Globe for its 15th year, starring Steve Blanchard as the Mean One, alongside a cast of local favorites. This year for the first time, the theater also is offering an autism-friendly performance of the show, December 15. The play runs through December 29.

"A Christmas Carol - A Live Radio Play" is currently playing at Cygnet Theatre. After six seasons of staging its popular "radio" version of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," Cygnet in Old Town is turning to a new project - a broadcast-style take on Dickens' Christmas classic. Tom Stephenson stars as Scrooge in a production directed by company artistic chief Sean Murray. The production runs through December 30.

"The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)" features those mad minimizers of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. This time the company employs their talents to downsize holiday fare into an all-in-one compendium of yuletide stories. This is the first holiday show in seven years at The Rep, which previously had a holiday tradition of producing variations on "A Christmas Carol." "The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)" runs December 5 through 23 at the San Diego Rep's Lyceum Stage in Horton Plaza.

"Scrooge in Rouge" is Diversionary Theatre's holiday offering. The University Heights company brings back a hilarious piece it last did in 2008. They describe it as a "British-music-hall" take on the Scrooge tale, with lots of drag and bawdy comedy. The play runs December 14 through 30.

Ed Hollingsworth stars as General Waverly in the San Diego Musical Theater's upcoming production of the adaptation of the classic Paramount Pictures holiday standard, "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." The play runs December 13 through 23 at the Birch North Park Theater.

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