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A Christmas Story 

When: Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1, 4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2, 2 & 7 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 2018
Price: $24-$97
The evergreen holiday film A Christmas Story is based on the stories of the great Jean Shepherd, who mined childhood nostalgia and memories of his own family to tell an honest tale about the true meaning of Christmas from a child's point of view. It's Ralphie Parker's fervent dream that he wake up to a Red Rider BB gun on Christmas morning, but his parents are against it. So Ralphie tries to work the system to get his wish, first by writing the most beautiful essay about air rifles his teacher has ever read, and then by placing an order with Santa Claus. In between his schemes, Ralphie has to deal with his oddball family (why won't his kid brother just eat?), his friends and the neighborhood bully, Scut Farkus (he has yellow eyes!). The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis gives us all a gift with Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of A Christmas Story. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (November 30 to December 23) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $24 to $97.
— Paul Friswold

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