At­lanta stages burst­ing with hol­i­day fare this sea­son

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The days when Christ­mas en­ter­tain­ment at the­ater com­pa­nies meant “A Christ­mas Carol” and little else are long over. Al­most ev­ery lo­cal venue has a show run­ning dur­ing the hol­i­days, in­clud­ing some good­ies for LGBT pa­trons.

For starters, be back for its 18th year at It’s based on gay writer David Sedaris’ own ex­pe­ri­ence as a de­part­ment store elf, as he wrote about in “Hol­i­days On Ice.” Hori­zon’s mount­ing has be­come an an­nual gay fa­vorite. The Sedaris fig­ure is again played by Harold M. Leaver, who has been with the show since its be­gin­ning. One new 2016 as­pect is that while his co-stars will be back, Leaver will ac­tu­ally mouth their di­a­logue, since it’s his char­ac­ter’s rec­ol­lec­tion of them. He will have some room for im­pro­vi­sa­tion, too.

As al­ways, is one of the busiest play­houses dur­ing the hol­i­days. Les­bian di­rec­tor Cathe Hall Payne is di­rect­ing the mu­si­cal and the com­pany also has on tap. has got­ten into the Christ­mas spirit over the years by bring­ing in Libby Whit­te­more, who will bring her cabaret-style act and al­ter ego, Con­nie Sue, to the com­pany for

“Scrooge: The Mu­si­cal,” “Merry Little Holi- day Shorts 2016” Ac­tor’s Ex­press “Ho, Ho, Home for the Hol­i­days and a Con­nie Sue Day Christ­mas.” “A Christ­mas Carol,” Al­liance Theatre’s

Speak­ing of back again this year in the typ­i­cally lav­ish ver­sion. Long an ATL sta­ple, it will re­turn for the third time with ac­tor David De Vries as Scrooge af­ter Chris Kayser hung up play­ing the char­ac­ter.

is do­ing double duty with ac­tress/singer Courte­nay Collins in

ance “Courte­nay’s Cabaret: Home for the Hol­i­days.” Cen­ter for Pup­petry

Six years ago, the bowed a stage ver­sion of the beloved TV special and it be­came a ru­n­away hit. It’s back this sea­son with its out­sider main char­ac­ter and is won­der­ful for all ages. Those look­ing for orig­i­nal fare can find it in based on the quirky Tim Bur­ton film, while is pre­sent­ing an en­core of out play­wright To­pher Payne’s hol­i­day comedy

Arts deer” On­Stage At­lanta The Alli- “Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein- The­atri­cal Out­fit’s “Big Fish,” Door Play­ers “The San­ta­land Diaries” Hori­zon Theatre. November 25, 2016

will it’s


“Let Noth­ing You Dis­may.” Other sea­sonal treats in­clude At­lanta Lyric Theatre’s at

“Peter Pan;” “Christ­mas Canteen” Aurora Theatre; “A Christ­mas Story: The Mu­si­cal” Broad­way In At­lanta

cour­tesy of the se­ries;

“Plaid Tid-

ings,” a se­quel to “For­ever Plaid,” at ART Sta­tion; the re­turn of “The Snow Queen” at Serenbe Play­house; and the satir­i­cal “In­va­sion: Christ­mas Carol” at Dad’s Garage. In other words, there’s plenty of Yule­tide the­ater treats for those look­ing.

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