Theater/Dance/Performance Art

The Birth

When: Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 7 & 8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 7 & 8:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Thu., Dec. 20, 7 & 8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 21, 7 & 8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, 7 & 8:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 7 p.m. 2012

Santa and Scrooge will need to step aside briefly in Charlotte’s Yuletide revelries and make way for a simple narrative about an infant born in Bethlehem. For the seventh year running, Starving Artist Productions presents The Birth, a faithful hour-long adaptation of essays by Frederick Buechner witnessing the Nativity and meditating on its cosmic meaning with the extra stage pizzazz of three musicians, two actors, a singer and dancer. Starving Artist founder Nathan Rouse had the audacity to use the C-word in his subtitle, “A reflective celebration of the coming of Christ,” bringing us the good tidings from the perspectives of a shepherd, a wise man and an understandably sheepish innkeeper — who missed it all! — intertwined with a half dozen songs. Rouse returns with The Birth and last year’s co-star, the venerable James K. Flynn, at Duke Energy Theater. For more information, visit

Perry Tannenbaum

Price: $16; $30 for special Celebration Night with a concert by Sarah DeShields on Dec. 23

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