BIRDS OF A FEATHER

“King Lear.” “A Trip to Bountiful.” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” These are plays you don’t do unless you have your leads locked in. So, for her “Cuckoo,” the Alliance Theatre’s Susan V. Booth locked in Neal A. Ghant and Tess Malis Kincaid and surrounded them with many of the city’s best character actors.

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This weekend's best bets: Dec. 24

With this week’s column, we say thank you and goodbye to Chris Kayser, for his 16 years as the Alliance Theatre’s Ebenezer Scrooge. If you’d like a non-holiday outing, try Synchronicity’s family-friendly “Peter Pan & Wendy.” Mark your January calendars for “The Only Light in Reno” at Georgia Ensemble Theatre and the TDP Legacy Concert, spotlighting talented instrumentalists developed through a forward-looking ASO initiative. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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BAH, HUMBUG!

By the time Chris Kayser blusters his final “bah, humbug” this season, he’ll have spent 20 consecutive Decembers in the Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol — 16 as Ebenezer Scrooge, two as Bob Cratchit and two as Jacob Marley. This is his finale.

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