Miracles and Mystery
The Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street, which hails from the classic period of holiday films (before Tim Allen), gets a send-up and a revisit of sorts in Miracle on 13th Street, the new-ish mystery dinner-theater production at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn (3322 DeMenil Place). In this story, which continues on Friday and Saturday nights through January 15, ol' Mr. Kris Kringle doesn't find the headless body of his top elf or anything like that. The dinner-theater mystery actually sticks to the question of the existence of Santa Claus and the validity of Mr. Kringle's claim to be said fat man, just like in the movie. So it is a mystery, and it is hosted in a haunted mansion. What other recommendation do you require? Let off a little holiday steam with this humorous take on the season, and enjoy some dinner to boot. Call 314-664-8024 for reservations -- the shows start at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $43.95 per person. -- Jedidiah Ayres
Wot's All This, Then?
Edwin Drood Responds
Part of The Mystery of Edwin Drood's charm is that the Dickensian murder-mystery has multiple endings; you can see it several times and be surprised every time. If, after multiple shows, your curiosity about Rupert Holmes' musical comedy is still not satisfied, you can stick around after the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' 1:30 p.m. matinee (at the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org) and ask questions of the cast and crew. Perhaps if you come back for the 8 p.m. show, you can put your newfound knowledge into play and get a more desirable ending. Tickets are $29 to $49. -- Paul Friswold
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