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Convergence-continuum concludes its 2010 season with this "porkalicious world premiere," a dark comedy from playwright, author, and company member Chris Johnston. Through December 19 at The Liminis Theatre, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 216-687-0074 or visit convergence-continuum.org.

Billy Elliot: The Musical

What could have been predictable treacle is redeemed by muscular staging from director Stephen Daldry, an engaging score by Elton John, and exquisite dancing in the title role. (Howey) Through December 12 at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $130. Call 216-241-6000 or go to playhousesquare.org.

Black Nativity

A soulful retelling of the Gospel of St. Luke from an African-American perspective. December 10 through 30 at Karamu, 2355 East 89th St., Cleveland. Tickets are $25 to $30; call 216-795-7077 or go to karamuhouse.org.

A Christmas Carol

Great Lakes Theater Festival's 22nd annual production is presented as a story within a story. Through December 23 at Playhouse Square's Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $28 to $60; to order call 216-241-6000 or order online at greatlakestheater.org.

Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant

This interactive show blends ensemble theater with a serious five-course dinner. Through December 19 at CPT's Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $50 and include meal and beverage; for more information call 216-631-2727 or visit cptonline.org.

Dividing the Estate

A quietly funny yet devastating portrait of a clan intent on devouring itself from the inside. (Howey) Through December 12. Produced by Ensemble Theatre at the Cleveland Play house, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $20; call 216-321-2930 or go to ensemble-theatre.com.

Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat

This crowd-pleasing musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber is a humorous retelling of the biblical story of Joseph of Canaan. Through January 2 at Beck Center's Main Stage, 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Tickets are $10 to $28 at 216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org.

The New Century

This bill of four short plays set in present-day N.Y.C. raises questions about identity and meaning not easily answered. December 10 through January 9 at Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $10 to $25; call 216-932-3396 or go to dobama.org.

Personals Uncut

This contemporary comedy by Cleveland native Jennifer Griffin offers an uncensored look at cyber dating. December 10 and 11 at Kennedy's Cabaret in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $15; call 216-241-6000 or go to playhousesquare.org.

The Santaland Diaries

Author David Sedaris' hilarious tale of a 33-year-old Macy's Christmas elf has become a modern Cleveland tradition. Through December 19 at Playhouse Square's 14th Street Theatre, 2037 East 14th St. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 216-241-6000 or go to playhousesquare.org for more information.

This Wonderful Life

Can one person really make a difference in this world? Find out in this stage retelling of Frank Capra's holiday film classic. Through December 19 at Cleveland Play House's Drury Theatre. Tickets start at $46; call 216-795-7000 or go to clevelandplayhouse.com.

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