Amidst the carnage and violence that now begins our holiday season thanks to the customary Black Friday riots, there are still signs that some of us remember what is promoted as the essence of the holiday. One will unfold on a Midtown stage.

“A Christmas Pudding” is a collection of stories and song that began as a benefit for the homeless 20 years ago in Los Angeles, penned by famed actor and director David Birney. Directed by Rick Miller with music and choral direction by Charmein Moser, this dramatic comedy features tales by Mark Twain, G. B. Shaw, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, St.
Luke and others matched with a host of traditional carols and holiday songs. The show is a holiday fundraiser.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students.

For more info, call 251-471-1534, go to or find them on Facebook.

A Christmas Pudding
Where: Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St.
When: Dec. 5-7