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Holiday Theater 2018: ‘Tis the season onstage

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“Beach Blanket Babylon” pulls out some big Christmas hats for the month of December. (Courtesy photo)

Local theater troupes offer festive fare for Christmas; many shows have become seasonal traditions.

A Christmas Carol: Hillbarn Theatre’s production of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ musical adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic tale features Christopher Reber as Scrooge. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16, $25-$52. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, www.hillbarntheatre.org

Avenue Q: New Conservatory Theatre Center brings back the Tony Award-winning musical with foul-mouthed puppets in its sixth annual holiday production. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 6, $38-$65. Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., nctcsf.org

The Jewelry Box: Storyteller Brian Copeland tells what happens when, as a youngster in the 1970s, he headed to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 15, $20-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Uptown Holiday Swing: Tabard Theatre brings the 1940s sounds of New York to the stage in a show of standards and holiday classics done in the styles of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. 8 p.m., Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22, $38-$48. 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose, www.tabardtheatre.org/tickets

Songs for a Sixpence: BATS offers a new, improvised on-the-spot musical set in the world of Charles Dickens. 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 29, $17-$20. Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F., www.improv.org

Tuck Everlasting: TheatreWorks’ show is based on the children’s novel about a girl’s adventures with a magical family. 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30, $40-$100. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, theatreworks.org

Dames at Sea: 42nd Street Moon stages the toe-tapping parody of Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals. 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 6 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16, $39-$75. Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., 42ndstmoon.org

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver’s popular San Francisco revue dresses up for the holidays, with tap dancing Christmas trees and its gigantic Yuletide hat. Wednesdays-Sundays, plus 7 and 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31, $65-$210. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F., $65-$210, www.beachblanketbabylon.com

The Golden Girls-The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features four San Francisco drag queens performing two new episodes from the classic TV show live onstage. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. most Sundays, through Dec. 23, $25-$50. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F., www.goldengirlssf.com

Little Women: Coastal Repertory Theatre stages the adaptation by Jon Jory of the Louisa May Alcott novel. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, $17-$35. 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay, www.coastalrep.com

Circus Bella: The new locally produced “Kaleidoscope: A Winter Circus Spectacular” features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists and more, under a big tent on Treasure Island. Opens Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 6, $39-$150. Mersea Meadow,699 Avenue of the Palms, S.F., www.circusbella.org

The Santaland Diaries: TheatreWorks stages the comedy based on David Sedaris’ satirical essay about the holidays. Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 5-23, $45. Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, theatreworks.org

Cirque de la Symphony: Acrobats and aerialists perform as Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony playing holiday music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, $29-$115. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater stages the classic play, an adaptation by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, for the 42nd year, with James Carpenter and Anthony Fusco as Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Most days, except Mondays, Dec. 6-29, $10-$120. 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

Drag Queens on Ice: Back for their ninth year, The City’s “fiercest drag queens” lip sync and skate. 8 p.m. Dec. 6, $20-$25. Union Square Ice Rink, 333 Post St., S.F., www.unionsquareicerink.com

Lobster Actually: Killing My Lobster presents sketch comedy for the hopelessly romantic. 8 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. $10-$50. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F., www.pianofight.com

A Christmas Carol: Center REPertory Company stages its popular version of the holiday classic. Dec. 6-16, $28-$50. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.CenterREP.org

From left, Zoe Chien, Mikah Kavita and Simone Bloch appear in Theatre of Yugen’s “A Noh Christmas Carol.” (Courtesy Shannnon Davis)

A Noh Christmas Carol: Theatre of Yugen’s 1993 adaptation (by founder Yuriko Doi) of Dickens’ classic story, told using traditional Japanese theater forms, is back by popular demand with new designs and staging. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7-30, $15-$45. 2840 Mariposa St., S.F., www.theatreofyugen.org

Joy! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance and Live Music: Tandy Beal’s production features Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak, contortionists, balancing feats and a cappella group SoVoSó. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec, 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, $15-$50. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, www.holiday-joy.com

A Family Christmas: Saratoga Federated Church presents an original musical drama about a family and “for the whole family.” 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 3 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9, free. 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, www.saratogafederated.org/christmas.html

The Christmas Revels: “Ancient Mysteries of Andalusian Spain” is the theme of the annual musical theatrical celebration of the winter solstice. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8–9 and Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, $10-$65. Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, www.californiarevels.org

So You Think You Can Circus: Circus Center’s winter showcase presents performers vying before judges including Santa Clause and Yeti. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, $5-$20. 755 Frederick St., S.F., http://circuscenter.org/mainstage

Sleeping Beauty, the Panto: The “outrageous, vaudevillian, musical U.K. tradition” has romance and drag and “holiday fun for all ages.” 2 p.m. daily, except Christmas, plus 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 18-30, $25-$50. PantoSF @ Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret: Kat Robichaud and her band’s variety show answers the question; What do Star Wars, Gremlins and Santa Claus have in common? 8 p.m. Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 27-29, $30-$260. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., www.krmisfitcabaret.com

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company stages its enchanting take on the fairy tale. 8 p.m. Dec. 21, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 and 1 p.m. Dec. 23, $25-$35. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.african-americanshakes.org

Fool La La!: Unique Derique’s circus-inspired family show is filled with physical comedy and body percussion. Dec. 21-23, Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 2-6. $15-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Mittens and Mistletoe–A Winter Circus Cabaret: Sweet Can Productions presents its charming show for the ninth time. Dec. 26-Dec. 30, $18-$65. Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.sweetcanproductions.com

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: The 26th annual event — Jewish comedians doing stand-up in a Chinese restaurant — features headliner Carol Leifer, Joseph Nguyen, Jordon Ferber and Lisa Geduldig, the host, creator and producer. 5 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23-25, $52-$72. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F., www.koshercomedy.com

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