I’m a huge fan of anything that involves Christmas, cheerful dance numbers and sitting. Whether you need something to do with visiting relatives or a creative holiday date night, one of these shows is sure to pique your interest.
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) Performed by The Southwest Shakespeare Company
Location: Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix
When: Dec. 20-22
Why You Should Go: This vaudeville-inspired show will coax out a laugh from even the biggest Scrooge. Plus, every ticket purchased goes toward supporting a classroom of young thespians to come experience a live performance.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Location: ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
When: Dec. 26
Why You Should Go: Conquer your post-Christmas blues with one last gift! This show combines your favorite Christmas tunes with dazzling acrobatic performances. No need to hire a babysitter, this show is great for all ages.
The Sound of Music
Location: Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
When: Now-Dec. 29
Why You Should Go: I would argue that The Sound of Music qualifies as a holiday musical. After all, nearly all of Julie Andrews’s favorite things correlate with winter-time (warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, crisp apple strudels, sleigh bells, etc.).
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Location: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
When: Dec. 25
Why You Should Go: If you don’t have a holiday to celebrate on Dec. 25, take an outing to the theater! It’ll be a night of “one-liners, double-entendres, songs, skits, and hysterical routines.”