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Theater for the Holidays: A Veritable Feast Awaits

The holidays are fast approaching. Here are some theatrical events to help you give thanks and jubiliation, and celebrate with cheer: 

Enjoy the spirit of Thanksgiving with the 99% when Around the Block presents its second installment of Recovery Blip Or Double Dip?-–  short plays on the everyday struggles of the 99%.

By Wayne Wilkinson [CC-BY-2.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D,
via Wikimedia Commons



In 2004 Around The Block  / Al Doblar La Esquina won an OBIE citation for being one of the producing companies for The Imagine Festival, focused on urban poverty and economic survival.  The reprise of the festival features six one-act plays by Marcia Slatkin, Nina Howes, Carlos Jerome, Edgar Chisholm, William Marley and Allan Yashin.

The off-beat Thanksgiving event will run from November 27th through December 1st at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre,  312 West 36th Street (1st floor). For tickets and information, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510663.

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(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL
(http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


From November 29th to December 1st, Avenue Q’s John Tartaglia brings Jim Henson’s “Dinosaur Train – Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure” to NYU Skirball Center, as part of the venue’s 2013-14 Big Red Chair Family Series. Premium Orchestra ticket holders will have the opportunity for a 15 min post-show Meet & Greet with at least one character from the production in costume. Join us one hour prior to each performance for educational activities: come learn about dinosaurs and create your own dino puppet! For more information and tickets, visit nyuskirball.org, or call 212.352.3101

On December 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7pm at  St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street, Peter Filichia’s “Adam’s Gift” riffs on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets are FREE. but you must have a reservation and please make a suggested donation to St. John’s at the door. Reserve your tickets at, info@adamsgiftstheshow.com.

By Woudloper (Own work) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons


Traditions are a big part of the holidays, so join Urban Stages in their fifth season of A Twelve Night Musical Celebration including Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Jazz and more to benefit Arts and Education. Winter Rhythms 2013 will include a Centennial Celebration of Mary Martin, Sinatra at the Movies, and A Salute to Singers/Songwriters of the 70s. Look for performances from the likes of Karen Akers, Leslie Uggams, Lynn Cohen, T. Oliver Reid, among many others at Urban Stages Theater from December 3-15, 2013. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.SmartTix.com or calling 212 868-4444 for all performances. For a full schedule and more information, please go to www.urbanstages.org.

Brothers Grimm on a German stamp, 1959.
By Bert Jäger (scanned by NobbiP) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Another holiday tradition is the Axis Theatre’s Annual Family Holiday Show, in its 12th year, “Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid.” Adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale by Randy Sharp, who also composed the music and directs the show, “Seven in One Blow” plays from December 6-22, with proceeds from the December 14th performance going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  For more information, go to www.AxisCompany.org or call 212.352.3101.

By Rominak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0
 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


The Wild Project has its own spirit of celebration for the holidays. These are shows strictly not for your youngsters. The original musical parody of Mad Men, “The Mad World of Miss Hathaway”  features unlimited amounts of booze, broads and bawdy good times.  Its return run is from Friday December 13th though Sunday December 16th. From the 19th through the 22nd, “Nicholas Gorham’s White Hot Christmas,” invites you to learn the true spirit of Christmas, which for this Hollywood star is money and glamour. Check out the full schedule of holiday treats from The Wild Project at www.thewildproject.com or by calling   212.352.3101.

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