The turkey, or vegetarian substitute, has been eaten. Everyone is out of grape salad jokes. The Black Friday sales have been either conquered or destroyed.
There's still plenty of a long weekend ahead, and the local theaters offer some alternatives to traditional holiday cheer that can get your mind off your waistline -- or the fact that the Xbox One bundle your had your heart set on was sold out. (Or maybe I'm projecting.)
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Bedlam Theatre brings back this ribald "Marxist Holiday Fur Trade Musical" for a run at its new Lowertown location. The play is loaded with barely double entendres, actors in slinky beaver costumes, and a time-traveling Karl Marx who has made it to the wilderness of early 19th-century Minnesota to spread the gospel of workers' rights to the downtrodden mammals beloved for their pelts. $18 for show; $35 for show and dinner. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, plus Thursdays in December. Through December 21
Brave New Workshop's latest holiday special promises the usual comedic mix of seasonal favorites, new sketches, and riffs on the everyday horrors of life in 2014. 7 and 10 p.m. Fridays; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The schedule will vary week to week through December. Through January 31
Meanwhile, the Danger Committee returns to the ETC space at Brave New Workshop with A Stocking Full of Awesome IV. This trio (as seen on major network television, and NBC) mixes comedy and knife throwing. You have been warned. 7 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. Through January 3.
Both shows are at Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.332.6620.
The long-running show returns to its birthplace for a lengthy run over the holidays and into winter. $31-$36. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 3 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through February 15
If you are looking for scary Christmas stories that don't involve Scrooge or ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come, check out the latest anthology of work from Hardcover Theatre. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Friday through Monday. Through December 21
And if you just want a warm, pleasant show that doesn't included oversexed beavers, twerking jokes, knives, jittery comedy, or ghosts, this is the show for you. $49-$134. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.