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Updated Friday, December 28, 2012 at 07:01 AM

5 holiday shows to round out the season

By Misha Berson
Seattle Times theater critic

Didn’t get your fill yet of holiday stage fare?

The last weekend before New Year’s gives stragglers some last opportunities to take in holly-and-tinsel bedecked shows of 2012. Here are some audience faves that are still playing through Sunday:

‘A Christmas Carol’

The longest-recurring Christmas play in Seattle, the picturesque ACT Theatre adaptation of the classic Dickens morality tale gets a new lease on life periodically with a new director and a different Scrooge. This year John Langs does the honors, with R. Hamilton Wright alternating with former ACT artistic head Jeff Steitzer as the cranky but redeemable old cuss.

Through Sunday at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $22-$55 (206-292-7676 or

‘A (n Improvised) Christmas Carol’

During each performance, Unexpected Productions seeks help from the audience to assemble an improvised comic version of the Dickens story. Got any new backstory for Tiny Tim, anyone?

Through Saturday at Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; $15 (800-838-3006 or

‘Ham for the Holidays: Ham-aggedon’

The squabbling Spudds, the teeny-tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Choir and the square but sly Colonel and Chenille make their ritual appearances in this year’s edition of the annual comic revue concocted and performed by inimitable funny gals Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt. This year’s highlight? The women-rock duo Heartwood Mac, with Koch as an Ann Wilson-style power belter and Platt as a woozy, scarf-swathed stand-in for Stevie Nicks.

Through Sunday at Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$35 (800-838-3006 or

‘The Dina Martina Christmas Show’

You better not pout, you better not cry, or this crazed drag diva (aka Grady West) may not give you one of the cheesy little gifts she hands out during her indescribably wackadoodle nightclub act.

Be prepared for off-key tunes, horror makeup, surreal patter and a blizzard of chortles.

Through Dec. 31 at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle; $20-$25 (800-838-3006 or

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol’

Taproot reprises the ingenious melding of detective story and Dickens, penned by Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh. Terry Edward Moore repeats his winning turn as an anti-social, cynical scrooge of a Sherlock, who comes out of retirement to crack a case and get into the holiday spirit.

Through Saturday at Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle, $29-$37 (206-781-9707 or

Misha Berson:

Sarah Grace Roberts as Tiny Tim and Jeff Steitzer as Scrooge in ACT Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.”


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