Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of December 3rd, 2012

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

As malls and stores get decked out for the yuletide season, it’s hard not to get into the spirit of things – even if it is a tad too early.  Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Kwanzaa or anything else that you might celebrate this time of year, this week’s cheap theatre post covers everything from seasonal comedy to the Spice Girls.  So put on your warmest winter wear and come out to enjoy some holiday cheer!

A VERY CHRIS-TERICAL CHRISTMAS CABARET (Chris Tsujiuchi). Sharron Matthews, Jeni Walls, Andrew King, Tsujiuchi and others perform a seasonal cabaret. Dec 7-8. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.

MIRACLE ON MERCER ST. Second City presents all-ages seasonal comedy mixing live-action sketches with puppetry and songs. Dec 1 Noon, Dec 9 Noon, Dec 15 Noon. $14, family 4-pack $45. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris (Li’l Frosty Collective). A cynical scriptwriter works as one of Santa’s elves at an NYC store and witnesses the highs and lows of the holidays. Nov 30-Dec 4. $12, mat pwyc. Videofag, 187 Augusta.

THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson (Fly on the Wall Theatre). Staged reading of McPherson’s play about a Christmas Eve card game in Dublin. Dec 9-10. Pwyc. Fionn MacCool’s Pub, 181 University. 416-363-1944.

WANNABE: A VERY SPICY CHRISTMAS (Lower Ossington Theatre). The Spice Girls tribute band performs a holiday-themed show. Dec 6 at 8 pm. $20. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747,