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On Stage: Holiday plays and ‘The Nutcracker’

November 28, 2018

Theater“Pride and Prejudice”Adaptation of the Jane Austen story by Kate Hamill. Presented by 4th Wall Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 22; $17-$53; Studio 101, 1824 Spring; 832-786-1849, 4thwalltheatreco.com.“Christmas is Comin’ Uptown”A jazzy take on “Christmas Carol.” Presented by the Ensemble Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Dec. 30; $36-$50; 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.org.“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”The classic story reimagined as a radio play. Presented by A.D. Players. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, through Dec. 23; The Jeanette and L.M. Theater, 5420 Westheimer; $20-$70; 713-526-2721, adplayers.org.“The Flick”Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about movie theater employees; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, through Dec. 15; $20; Houston Warehouse Studios, 1506 Lorraine; horseheadtheatreco@gmail.com, horseheadtheatre.org.“First Suburb”A new debut drama by Chana Porter. Presented by Catastrophic Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Dec. 9. All tickets pay-what-you-can, $40 suggested price; MATCH 3400 Main; 713-522-2723, catastrophictheatre.com.“A Christmas Carol”Charles Dickens’ classic. Presented by Alley Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Dec. 30; $26-$85; 615 Texas; 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.“Panto Star Force”New holiday sci-fi-themed panto from Ryan Schabach and Elizabeth A. M. Keel. Presented by Stages Repertory Theatre. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, through Dec. 23; $20-$59; 3201 Allen Parkway; 713-527-0123, stagestheatre.com.“The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”Annual holiday variety show gone awry. Presented by Stages Repertory Theatre. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, through Dec. 23; $20-$59; 3201 Allen Parkway; 713-527-0123, stagestheatre.com.“Back to the ’80s”Musical and comedic tribute to ’80s music. Presented by The Music Box Theater. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $31-$41; 2623 Colquitt; 713-522-7722; themusicboxtheater.com.Classical/OperaOhlsson Plays BeethovenPianist Garrick Ohlsson tackles Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m Sunday; Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; $25-$125; 713-224-4240, houstonsymphony.org.Dance“The Nutcracker”Houston Ballet performs Stanton Welch’s opulent and lively version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, with sets and costumes by Tim Goodyear and music by Houston Ballet Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, additional performances through Dec. 29; $30-$140; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; 713-227-2787, houstonballet.org.“Emerging Choreographers Showcase”New works choreographed and produced by University of Houston dance students. Noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $10-$20; Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, 3351 Cullen; 713-743-3388, theatredance.uh.edu.“The Girl With the Matchsticks”The pre-professional Friendswood Contemporary Ballet performs a joyful reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen seasonal classic. 4 p.m. Sunday; $10-$22; Friendswood Junior High School Theatre, 1000 Manison; friendswoodcontemporaryballet.com.“Mind the Gap”Dance Source Houston presents works by Tuesday Boswell, Laura Harrell, Cassie Hobbs, Saliya Ilankoon, Ty Lewis, Jennifer Salter and Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $15, MATCH, 3400 Main; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org.

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