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Now you see her, now you don’t. The fabulous Jennifer Coolidge (pictured above) returned to Broadway, briefly, in the American premiere of Elling. The play, which also starred Brendan Fraser, officially opened on November 23 and closed November 28 after playing 22 previews and nine regular performances. Best known for her performance in the American Pie movies, Coolidge made her Broadway debut back in 2001 playing Edith in the revival of The Women.

It’s December already and Theatre of Youth brings back its very popular A Little House Christmas. The show opens December 10 and this year it will star Guy Balotine, Beth Donohue, Andrea Rodriguez, Kaila Rose Proulx, Roger Keicher, Tim Newell, Christina Rausa, Morgan Parnitzke, and Kareem Haq.

Also in spirit of the holidays, Subversive Theatre will present the holiday farce A Totalitarian Christmas, December 9-22. Written by Clinton Hours, the show was first performed as a radio play in 2004. Directed by Kurt Schneiderman, this stage production will star, among others, Lawrence Rowswell as Santa and Kent Bostock as Karl Marx.

Katy Clancy, Tom Doyle, Jen Hollands, and Tom Owen form the Classic Elements Quartet and they will be performing at the Lancaster Opera House on December 14 at 7:30pm. A special concert event, Home for the Holidays, will feature seasonal classics.

Musicalfare presents UnSilent Night!, a fundraiser party and performance featuring Louis Colaiacovo, Jenn Stafford, Marc Sacco, Terrie George, and Randall Kramer. There will also be holiday music by The Holly Berries (Doreen Szczesniak, Debbie Pappas, and Michele Marie Roberts) and Mike Randall performing A Christmas Carol. The event is on December 9. 6:30-9:30pm at the Westwood Country Club. Call 839-8540.

Road Less Traveled New Play Workshop continues on December 6 with Alex Livingston’s Walking Cassandra, directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Todd Benzin, Lisa Vitrano, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Christian Brandjes, Peter Jaskowiak, Patrick Moltane, and Maggie Zindle. Neil Wechsler’s The Brown Bull of Cuailnge will be read on December 13, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Vincent O’Neill, Brian Mysliwy, Jim Maloy, and Jay Pichardo. Both readings will take place at the Road Less Traveled Theater. Admission is free.

American Repertory Theater will present the Local Playwright One-Act Showcase in March. This time the showcase will feature Mark Humphrey’s Leaving Boyletown (directed by Michael Lodick), Mark Lloyd’s The Scream (starring Andrew Michalski and Sal Indelicato), and Matt LaChiusa’s The Wheelbarrel.

Brian Higgins (left), Matthew Crehan Higgins and dad (center, right)

The Paul Robeson Theatre will present Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs From the Table of Joy this coming February. The show will be directed by Ibn Shabazz. Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for her play Ruined, presented earlier this year at Ujima.

The New Alt Performance Group will present an all-female cast production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Directed by Ron Leonardi, the show will star Kerrykate Abel, Megan Callahan, Joy Ann Wrona, Natalie Mack, Wendy Hall, and Carla Frio. Glengarry is scheduled to run February 17-March 12.

The Pipes Are Calling: Elegy to Dan Higgins, Sr., written and performed by Matthew Crehan Higgins, returns to BUA December 10-17. Congressman Brian Higgins will be giving opening night remarks before the show on December 10.

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