Final weekend. Obsidian Theater offers a unique holiday experience with A Drag Christmas Carol. A hard-hearted politician experiences a change of heart with the help of some drag queen ghosts in this jukebox Christmas musical. This original work is sure to be a fun and surprising wrapped gift for the adventurous. Through December 15. 3522 White Oak Drive. Tickets: ObsidianTheatre.org.
4th Wall Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill adapted from the Jane Austen novel. The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof and self-involved, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Through December 22.
Spring Street Studios, Suite 101. Tickets: 832-767-4991 or 4thwalltheatre.com.
A.D. Players presents a staple of the American Christmas celebration with It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. This timeless tale takes a new turn as a 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of a troupe of 15 actors portraying a few dozen characters, the story of George Bailey unfolds over the airwaves on Christmas Eve. This fresh, fun and touching look at a beloved story is a family favorite. Through December 23. The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets: 713-525-2721.
Main Street Theater presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet is set two years after the novel ends and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as the dutiful sister in the midst of everyone else’s romantic escapades . When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match and possibly love.
Through December 23. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: 713-524-6706.
Stages Repertory Theatre kicks off the holiday season with The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). It’s the annual holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything! There is just one minor problem: None of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Now it’s up to three quick-witted church members to perform the entire pageant all by themselves. It’s an irreverent, yet heart-warming romp through tradition with festive slapstick fun! Through December 23.
Also, Panto Star Force is Stages’ adventurous, cosmic blast of blockbuster hilarity! Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, joins forces with a zany band of space rebels, robots and furry bartenders (and Buttons, of course!) to stop the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater from taking over the galaxy. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo in true Panto style, with plenty of toe-tapping music and intergalactic fun for the whole family. Through December 30.
Finally, Who’s Holiday is Stages Repertory Theatre’s adult mischievous tale of Cindy Lou Who, who is now living in a shoddy trailer home on Mount Crumpit (former hideout of the infamous Grinch). While she awaits her Christmas party guests, she regales listeners with the bizarre journey her life has taken since that fateful night in Whoville when the Grinch tried to steal Christmas. A hysterical and wild parody, this must-see holiday fare is not suitable for those easily offended! Through December 30. 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Theatre Under the Stars brings “a tale as old as time,” Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Hobby Center just in time for the holidays. Twenty-five years ago TUTS helped usher in a new musical era with this Disney epic that became an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway. It has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. A magical tale of love and acceptance, this all-new production is perfect for the whole family. Through December 23. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: 713-558-8887.
The Alley Theatre continues a holiday tradition with A Christmas Carol: A Great Story of Christmas, a family-friendly retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story following Ebenezer Scrooges’ journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The story instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. Through December 30. 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.