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Holiday theater productions abound this weekend

The holiday theater productions that began to appear like faint flurries in late November are about to become a lake-effect deluge. You could easily fill your entire weekend and then some with holiday fare if you were so inclined. Here’s one possible itinerary:

Start with the Subversive Theatre Collective’s Thursday night opening of “You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole,” a very merry Marxist take on the holiday by California playwright Matt Hanf running through Dec. 21 in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). The press release promises hilarity: “A disgruntled Rudolph is unionizing the reindeer! A bitter Mrs. Claus is packing heat! A very shady Tooth Fairy is on the make!” Call 408-0499 or visit

On Friday, head to the Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.) for the 7 p.m. opening of Theatre of Youth’s production of “Madeline’s Christmas,” starring Megan Callahan, Tim Newell and young Faith Walh as Madeline. That show runs through Dec. 15. Call 884-4400 or visit

Saturday, take in a 5 p.m. matinee of Alleyway Theatre’s long-running and popular production of “A Christmas Carol.” It opens tonight at 1 Curtain Up Alleyway and runs through Dec. 22. Call 852-2600 or visit If you’re quick, you’ll have time to zip out for the 7:30 p.m. show of the Towne Players’ production of Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland,” an adaptation of the 1961 Disney holiday musical. That show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continues through Dec. 15 in the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center (169 Sheridan-Parkside Drive). Call 693-9641 or

And on Sunday, head to the Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster) to catch the 2:30 p.m. matinee of JK Productions’ “Miracle on 34th Street,” which opens Friday and runs through Dec. 15. Call 683-1776 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski

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