New Edgecliff artistic director Michael Shooner is giving himself a special gift this holiday season - an associate artistic director in the person of Elizabeth Harris, terrific local actress (Square One, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and director who has been a regular on the New Edgecliff stage as well as several other smaller pro theaters.
Harris' role hasn't been worked out yet, but Shooner loves her instincts. Watch for her to direct for the theater in the near future.
In the meantime, New Edgecliff celebrates the holidays onstage with David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries at Performance Gallery (3900 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum) through Dec. 28. If you only know Sedaris as a favorite National Public Radio commentator, know that much earlier he brought the same gift for wry observation to his days as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's Santaland. David Scott Morgan stars in the one-man show.
Tickets: (888) 588-0137 Web site.
Ensemble Theatre favorites Pam Myers (Nite Club Confidential) and Dennis Parlato (The Guys) will join the cast for Expectations of Christmas at 7 p.m. Monday. Parlato is in town on The Graduate national tour, in which he plays the hapless hubby of the infamous Mrs. Robinson (essayed by former Dallas star Linda Gray). The Graduate opens Tuesday and continues through Dec. 28.
Expectations is a one-night benefit written and compiled by Ensemble artistic director D. Lynn Meyers with music by David Kisor (whose songs can be heard in Alice in Wonderland, through Dec. 28.)
Tickets are $10 and benefit Tender Mercies. Box office: 421-3555. The theater is at 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.
Deal of the week
The Backstage Pass is a discount card that is great for eaters-out: Get the card for $50, it's good for $20 off at eight different establishments including Nicholson's, Shanghai Mama's, Pizzeria Uno's, La Normandie and more. It's good through Dec. 31, 2004. You can buy a pass at the Fountain Square Visitors Center or call 621-6994.
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