Theater

Lisa Gauthier

Holiday theater continues with a couple off-the-wall offerings, as well as a classic.

* The Phoenix Theatre will present Every Christmas Story Ever Told!! Modeled after The Complete Works of Wllm. Shakspr. (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged), Every Christmas Story Ever Told!! provides a 90-minute madcap romp through all the holiday traditions we can remember, and a few we'd like to forget. With flying reindeer, talking snowmen, the Norelco Santa, zany audience participation and a song called "Every Christmas Carol Ever Sung," the performance serves up a family-friendly alternative to more traditional fare. (However, because of its parody nature, the play would most appeal to children from middle-school age up.) Performances are on the Mainstage from Dec. 1-23, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $25 for those 25 and over, $15 for those 24 and under. During CheapSeats week (Dec. 1-4), all seats are $15. The Phoenix is located at 749 N. Park Ave.; 317-635-PLAY, www.phoenixtheatre.org.

* The Arden Theatre Company of Indianapolis will present Theater for the Living Dead: Four unearthed one act plays Dec. 2-18. Written and directed by local playwrights Alan Shepard and Matthew E. Graber, the plays promise a prescription for preparation pending the perturbance of the Zombie population. Performances are Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on Theater on the Square's (627 Massachusetts Ave.) Second Stage. Tickets are $10, and two for one opening weekend. For information, call 317-685-TOTS.

* Buck Creek Players, 11150 Southeastern Ave., will offer the stage version of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story. Re-live Ralphie's desire for a Red Ryder BB gun and revel in the glow of the leg-lamp. Shows are Dec. 2-18, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13, $11 for students and senior citizens. Call 317-862-2270.

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