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Black Nativity  
Paramount Center Black Nativity
 
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity -- a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance -- is a true Christmastime tradition, and National Center of Afro-American Artists' captivating production is the longest-running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play in the world. First performed in 1961, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, and mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this Boston tradition at Paramount Center.
   
Blue Man Group  
Charles Playhouse Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. Experience the thrill of Blue Man Group in Boston.


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Breath and Imagination  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston Breath and Imagination
 
Before Marian Anderson sang a note or Paul Robeson picked up Shakespeare, another African-American classical artist was wowing everyone from commoners to kings: the lyric tenor Roland Hayes. Now the musical Breath & Imagination chronicles this creative pioneer's amazing journey -- from growing up the son of a slave on a Georgia plantation to singing before the crowned heads of Europe as a cultural sensation in the early 20th century. Telling his story through both spirituals and classical music, Breath & Imagination is a compelling musical about one man's determination to become an artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Award-winning actor, singer, writer and thought leader Daniel Beaty penned this inspiring bio play, now coming to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Central Square Theater A Christmas Carol
 
It wouldn't be the holidays without miserly Ebenezer Scrooge trying to derail everyone's enjoyment, and in Underground Railway Theater's production of A Christmas Carol, the Dickens classic is given a facelift. Featuring puppetry, a live musical score, dancing and an intimate setting, the sights, sounds and scents of this Christmas favorite leap off the stage. Celebrate the season with this unique look at a timeless tale.
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
 
This lush, period drama is the perfect chance to reunite with the author's delightful characters from Pride and Prejudice. There are love letters delivered to the wrong person and unexpected engagements announced. The large, eight-person cast includes Alexis Bronkovic (Silent Sky) and Veronika Duerr (Going to See the Kid). This is "a celebration of nerd love in all its overeducated glory" (Chicago Tribune) and "a gift for Jane Austen fans" (Washington Post). Playwrights Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky) and Margot Melcon find the perfect warm-hearted blend of wit and manners for the holidays.
   
Shear Madness  
Charles Playhouse Shear Madness
 
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
   
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment  
Boston Center for the Arts Shipwrecked! An Entertainment
 
Come along on a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas in Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Come listen to gentleman Louis de Rougemont as he regales you with his story of bravery and survival, chock-full of exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus -- of course, not all of it might be true, but that doesn't stop Louis! Now Moonbox Productions brings this entertaining yarn, which features original music and live special effects, to the Boston Center for the Arts. This production is performed in repertory with Twelfth Night.
   
Twelfth Night  
Boston Center for the Arts Twelfth Night
 
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. See this Moonbox Productions' take on the Bard's comic masterpiece, which is performed in repertory with Shipwrecked, at the Boston Center for the Arts.
   
Winter People  
Boston Playwrights' Theatre Winter People
 
Every winter in the Hamptons, locals live in the shadow of the summer people's empty mansions. When one of those mansions erupts in flames, tensions rise with the smoke, and five families struggle to protect their own. Lives and dreams hang in the balance, and secrets flourish in this mysterious and keenly observed whodunit. Written by Laura Neill and directed by Avital Shira, Winter People is a BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.