12/14: Staged

THE HOLIDAYS-OLD SCHOOL EDITION:  Picture if you will, a simpler time.  A time without cellphones, laptops, iPods and the 25 Days of Christmas on cable.  Tonight, take a journey back to Christmas Eve 1959.  The folks at Radio Station WBBY are putting on their final broadcast before TV takes over and everyone (including the intrepid bandleader and the aging Broadway Diva who enjoys the holiday "spirits") loses their jobs.  Perhaps Santa will save the day.  "All Star Staged Reading: Big Holiday Broadcast of 1959" is a rollicking comedy complete with holiday sing-a-long.  It's playing Tonight at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne.  There's even a pre-show cocktail party featuring something called a Grinch Cosmopolitan, and a post show reception with the cast.  Tickets are $45-$75.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA:  It's called imaginative and original, powerful and poignant.  Tonight at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, see the critically acclaimed play, Bossa Nova.  The show tells the story of Dee Paradis, a woman who was raised on the swing of bossa nova music and educated in elite, mostly white schools.  Nearing her 30th birthday, Dee has to choose between the expectations of her strong-willed mother and a former lover's ideals of authenticity.  The show, written by Kirsten Greenidge is the recipient of a 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.  Tickets for tonight's 8 p.m. performance are $52.

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