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"A Christmas Carol for Two Actors" Richmond Shakespeare presents a two-man production of Charles Dickens' classic novel, with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. starting Dec. 11-21. $13-$26. Second Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Fifth St. 866-BARD-TIX.

"Home for the Holidays" The Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn presents a special holiday cabaret to help raise money for the Greater Richmond Theatre Artist Fund, opening Dec. 14 and continuing through Dec. 22. $20-$25. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

"Midsummer in December" A staged reading of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," featuring Scott Wichmann, Jennifer Meharg and Harry Kollatz takes place Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, with proceeds benefiting the Richmond Shakespeare annual fund. $10-$15. 5 North Fifth St. For tickets call 866-BARDTIX or visit www.richmondshakespeare.com.

"The Nutcracker" The Richmond Ballet conducts multiple performances of this fanciful Christmas tale beginning Dec. 12-23 at the Landmark Theater. $29-$110. 6 N. Laurel St. 646-4213.

Ongoing

"A Tuna Christmas" A holiday sequel to "Greater Tuna," the inhabitants of the third smallest town in Texas do their best to prepare for the holiday season. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, the Swift Creek Mill production has actors John Hagadorn and Richard Koch assuming the roles of more than a dozen characters each. Performances continue through Jan. 10. $35. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. 748-5203.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Theatre IV presents this off-beat Christmas tale about six child terrors forced into taking part in their church's annual holiday production. $17-$22. Performances continue through Dec. 21. For detailed ticket information call 344-8040. 114 W. Broad St.

"Inspecting Carol" Sycamore Rouge presents a comedy of errors about a man seeking an audition at a small theater who ends up in a production of "A Christmas Carol." Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with 4 p.m. showings on Sundays, continuing through Dec. 20. $18-$22. 21 W. Old St. in Petersburg, 957-5707.

"Sanders Family Christmas" The Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern presents this sequel to its 2007 hit "Smoke on the Mountain," through Jan. 25. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. $38. For tickets and performance times call 282-2620.

"This Wonderful Life" The Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn reimagines this classic Christmas tale about Bedford Falls' George Bailey, with shows through Jan. 11. $32-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

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