Tinsel! The Musical (Li'l Buds Theatre Company). A klutzy reindeer becomes a pop sensation, which threatens Christmas for some reason. A cheeky, winning cast redeems a muddled script. Through December 18.
A Christmas Carol: The Silent Bah-Humbug (Silent Theatre Company). Dickens as if reimagined by FW Murnau--complete with black-and-white color palette, spooky shadows, and no talking. Arresting and affecting. Through December 30.
The Gray Girl (Factory Theater). A pulpy tale of political corruption and ghostly vengeance in 1950s Chicago. Matt Engle directs a deft, hair-raising production. Through December 17.
An Interrogation Primer (The Side Project). A gripping account of army interrogation methods by Iraq war vet Michael Nowacki. Sean Bolger's solo performance convincingly creates an atmosphere of eerie menace. Through December 18.