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Weekly theater roundup

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The cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi," at Road Less Traveled Theatre.

The holidays have arrived. And with them, scads of holiday productions, ranging from Road Less Traveled Productions' "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (running through Dec. 19) to Mike Randall's annual reading of "A Christmas Carol," (Dec. 17 to 19 in MusicalFare Theatre) are playing on local stages. Here's our weekly list of shows our reviewers enjoyed. We hope you will, too:

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The cast of "Murder Squared" at Ujima Theatre.

"Murder Squared," through Dec. 19 in Ujima Theatre. From the review: "Ross sends us away from this entertaining evening with a couple of lessons. The first is that murder is never as simple or easy as it seems, and should not be tried at home; and the second is that holiday theater doesn’t have to have to be wrapped up with a bow to be a swell gift for those who get it." --Melinda Miller

"A Totalitarian Christmas," through Dec. 19 in Subversive Theatre. From the review: "This show, by Clinton Ours and directed and adapted by Kurt Schneiderman, had its origin as a staged reading last December. And it is about as tongue-in-cheek as it gets. With its own particularly crass brand of humor and some similarly rough-hewn performances, the piece skewers the rampant consumerism of the Christmas season and lampoons political figures like Sarah Palin and Carl Paladino. In doing so, it produces a fair amount of chuckle-worthy material..." --Colin Dabkowski

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