How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children's Theatre
The king of them all is, of course, the Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol, this year in Crispin Whittell’s very un-Dickensian adaptation (Nov. 13–Dec. 28, Guthrie Theater, 612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org). Then there’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company, a journey to Whoville in the hit adaptation of the classic tale (Nov. 11–Jan. 4, Children’s Theatre Company, 612-874-0400, childrenstheatre.org). And this year’s production of Theater Latté Da’s All Is Calm is particularly special. It’s the last year that the male vocal ensemble Cantus will be performing the story of the remarkable Christmas truce between the Allies and the Germans during World War I (Dec. 17–21, Pantages Theatre, 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org).
ADAPTATIONS OF CLASSIC MOVIES
The Ordway brings us A Christmas Story: The Musical, about the boy desperate to get a BB gun for Christmas (Nov. 29–Dec. 28, Ordway Center, 651-224-4222, ordway.org). And then there’s the production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a piece of holiday nostalgia (Nov. 25–30, Orpheum Theatre, 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org).
MORE ORIGINAL FARE
Minnesota Jewish Theatre offers the world premiere of The Chanukah Guest, exploring the traditions of Chanukah in this heartwarming tale of Bubba Brayna, who makes the best potato latkes in the village, and her unexpected visitor (Dec. 4–21, Hillcrest Center Theater, 651-647-4315, mnjewishtheatre.org). Hosted by Jasmine (artistic director Randy Reyes’s drag persona), Mu Performing Arts’ A Very Asian Xmas Concert is an irreverent holiday cabaret showcasing Mu’s best musical theater and taiko talent (Nov. 29–30, Southern Theater, 651-789-1012, muperformingarts.org). Miss Richfield 1981 (and her alter ego, Russ King) returns to Illusion Theater for her annual holiday show. In this year’s Play With My Poodle For Christmas! Miss R. is joyously looking for a suitable mate (Dec. 5–21, Illusion Theater, illusiontheater.org).