A Soulful Christmas: Stepp Stewart's revue-style show takes two children on a musical journey through pop, R&B and soul treatments of seasonal favorites. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21; the Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemble.houston.com.
A Cardboard Christmas: John Jensen's theatrical collage reveals the origin stories behind seasonal songs and carols. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23; A.D. Players, 2710 W. Alabama; 713-526-2721, adplayers.org.
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