Regional theater-arts groups continue to unveil holiday plays this week, bringing culture, levity and welcome diversions to the end of yet another virus-twisted year.
Capital Stage raises the curtain on Wednesday, Dec. 1, to “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon wrote this sequel to “Pride and Prejudice,” and Peter Mohrmann directs. Here’s how Cap Stage describes the play on its website:
“Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. This romantic comedy picks up two years after Jane Austen’s beloved tale ended, with a clever and captivating style that will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike!”
Anthony Person, Rob Salas and Elyse Sharp are among the stars.
“Miss Bennett” runs through Dec. 24 both onstage (2215 J St.) and virtually. In-person tickets are $32-$42 and online viewings are $30.
Starting Friday, Dec. 3, Theatre in the Heights presents “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Christmas Carol.” Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin, the play is directed by Blake Flores and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19 and then, for good measure, Christmas Eve as well.
“In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive P.A. system and a real Farndale first rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.”
Krystle Ferrer, Kevin Judson, Carol Lopez, Ellen Price and Tabitha Ward star.
All tickets for the Citrus Heights production (8215 Auburn Blvd.) are $15 and can be purchased via the troupe’s website.