Here are a couple late entries into the holiday theater derby - one “G” rated for the entire family and the other “R” rated for adults.
The first is “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” which is playing at Cosumnes River College. The production is directed by Cheri Fortin, the new artistic director of Next Stage: Theatre for Young Audiences. (Next Stage will produce family-oriented theater at CRC’s newly named Black Box Theatre, which is actually River Stage with a new name. Don’t worry - River Stage isn’t going anywhere, the theater space has just been renamed to avoid confusion, though it briefly added to mine.)
“A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” performs at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday; the last shows are this weekend. Tickets are $8 and $10. For more information: (916) 691-7364.
Meanwhile, over at the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, “Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment” in "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues." At least, so say the producers of the show, who also say this is “NOT a child appropriate” production, which just may make it appropriate for you.
Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23 at the little theater on the corner of 19th and P streets. Reservations are required: (916) 444-8209. Tickets are $24 and include dessert, coffee or tea. There's more information at www.myspace.com/the_8_reindeer.