Stage Door: Ho, Ho, Ho!

It's the first week of December and Cincinnati theaters are awash with tinsel, good cheer and holiday shows. Regardless of the kind of theater you like, there's something for you. —-

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati has launched the third generation of its musical retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and the Playhouse's A Christmas Carol brings together Scrooge and his Christmas hauntings for the 18th consecutive year. Check the Arts section on CityBeat's web site for a review of New Edgecliff's Santaland Diaries (and pay special attention this time around to the acid-tongued monologue that makes up the second act, "Season's Greetings," in which Mrs. Dunbar, a crazed suburban housewife writes a holiday letter about her family that's 12 steps beyond dysfunctional). There are two versions of It's a Wonderful Life: One is musical (at the Covedale on the West Side) and the other is presented as a radio play (by Falcon Productions at the Monmouth Theatre in Newport).

I'm not making choices this week. That's your job. Traditional, musical, satirical — you get to pick.

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