On Stage This Week

Theater offerings to keep you warm and merry

Aporkalypse! — 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. Visit convergence-continuum.org or call 216-687-0074.

Black Nativity — A soulful retelling of the Gospel of St. Luke from an African-American perspective. Through December 30 at Karamu House, 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 of this Dickens-based classic 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.

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 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.

This Wonderful Life — It seems like everything should be in place for this production , since the one-performer concept by Mark Setlock is certainly intriguing. And writer Steve Murray hews so close to (the theme of the orginal Frank Capra movie classic, It's a Wonderful Life), it feels grafted on. Ultimately, however, it's the lack of clear focus and inventiveness onstage that undermines this well-meaning effort. (Howey). Through December 19 at the Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $65 at 216-795-7000 or clevelandplayhouse.com

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