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Through Nov. 18 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents Sister Act. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she's thrown into protective custody in the one place she'd never be spotted - a convent! Her loud, abrasive nature doesn't mesh well with the rigid, uptight nuns, but that won't stop her from breathing new life into the church and, in the process, blowing her cover. This divine musical comedy is inspired by the smash hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. Information:

Nov. 16-19 Texas in Paris, a musical by local playwright Alan Govenar, comes to the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts for five performances. Tony award-winner Lillias White stars in this story of a white man and a black woman invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. They have never met, have no professional singing experience, and face the challenges of an unfamiliar world. At first apprehensive of each other, they forge a spiritual bond that proves transforming personally and artistically. The play’s original Off-Broadway production in 2015 was nominated for numerous awards. The Eisemann Center is at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, adjacent to Galatyn Park Station. Information:

Nov. 17-19 Lyric Stage presents the regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Majestic Theatre. From the Oscar®-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the beloved Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film's Oscar®-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Nov. 22-Dec. 28 'Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite, holiday production of Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens' enduring classic the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone. Full of traditional Christmas hymns and songs in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas' favorite "must-see" holiday tradition. Contains moments that may be scary for very small children. Recommended for elementary school age and up. Information:

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Nov. 24-Dec. 23 For the 36th consecutive year, the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future will converge in Dallas' longest running and highest acclaimed Dinner Theatre! Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Joe Dickinson's "Ebenezer Scrooge," a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' iconic holiday story, A Christmas Carol.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Nov. 24-26 Chamberlain Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker. The performance features New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle. It happens at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Information:

Nov. 24-Dec. 17 Theatre Three presents Solstice: Stories & Songs for the Holidays. Let some of Dallas' best actors tell you a story! The winter solstice has inspired storytellers for thousands of years from cultures all over the world. Celebrate the beginning of winter and the shortest day in the northern hemisphere snuggled up inside Theatre Three with your favorite beverage. We hope to start a new family tradition filled with celebration, stories and songs performed by professional actors and musicians. Theatre Three is located at 2800 Routh St. in the Quadrangle. Information:

Nov. 24-Dec. 3 Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker. Come with Clara to a dreamland of heroic battles and breathtaking beauty in a holiday classic for all ages. The choreographer is Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. and the composer is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Performances are at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street. Information:

Nov. 25-Dec. 30 The Three Musketeers by Jackie Mellor-Guin is presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Ave. in Plano. A traditional British panto is a fairy tale told in the style of melodrama. The audience is encouraged to cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys and join in with the characters on stage. The show works on two levels, with a story children can follow and jokes adults can appreciate. Information:

Nov. 29-Dec. 17 The Firehouse Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. The classic holiday tale guaranteed to bring joy to your holidays! Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold. The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information:

Nov. 30-Dec. 23 In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People (That Should Be Shot) plays at the Granville Arts Center in a production by Garland Civic Theatre. A comic treasure that is sure to leave you in stiches while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. The Granville Arts Center is located at 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland. Information:

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 This holiday season is Dallas Ballet Company's 31st annual performance of The Nutcracker. Complete with elaborate sets and scenery, the journey begins with the dream of a young girl, Clara, and her Nutcracker Prince. Come and enjoy this Christmas tradition with a cast of more than two hundred students from the Dallas Ballet Center. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, located at 300 N. 5th Street in downtown Garland. Information:

Dec. 1-17 This winter, the WaterTower Theatre invites audiences to come home for the world premiere of The Great Distance Home. In a limited engagement, multidisciplinary theatrical event audiences will be immersed in a story of joy, love, and the warmth you feel upon returning home after a long absence. At WaterTower this holiday season, home really is where the heart is. Performances are at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information:

Dec. 1-17 The Legend of Georgia McBride starring Kyle Igneczi in the title role is presented by Uptown Players. After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey (Igneczi) realizes it's now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Matthew Lopez's hip-shakin', heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers "he ain't nothing but a drag queen." Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information:

Dec. 5-10 Irving Berlin's White Christmas is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue. Performances for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to "put on your wish list" start Dec. 5. Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Information:

Dec. 5-17 Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss' original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street. Information:

Dec. 6-Jan. 7 The Dallas Theater Center presents Fade. When Lucia, a young Mexican born novelist, begins her dream career as a television writer in L.A., she finds herself much more comfortable with the only other Latino around, one of the janitors, than with anyone in the writers' room. This new comic-drama by Tanya Saracho, a writer for HBO's Girls and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, poses tricky questions about identity and community, as Lucia struggles to bridge the distance between where she came from and where she's going. Contains profane language, mature themes, and sexual humor. Recommended for people High School age and up. Performances are at the Studio Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Information:

Every Thursday Dallas Comedy House is a beloved local institution, and it offers something unique every Thursday - the weekly Improv Comedy Night, in which some of the club's best comedians create a fully improvised scene based on audience suggestions. The Dallas Comedy House is at 3025 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information:

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