, 'Holiday Party of One'
Alison Burns has been a highlight in numerous plays and musicals in recent years, from The Rocky Horror Show for American Stage in the Park to The Blue Room at Stageworks to Man of La Mancha at Freefall. Now Burns has put together a Christmas cabaret show, and she's joined by Heather Krueger, Ricky Cona and Derek Womack at Stageworks in Tampa. The production, directed by Karla Hartley, opens tonight and runs through Dec. 16. $26. (813) 251-8984 (daytime) or (813) 727-2708 (evenings/weekends); stageworkstheatre.org.
, Stand-Up Librarian
Librarians have their version of Sandra Bernhard in Meredith Myers, the Stand-Up Librarian, who does spoofs in the stacks that range from bookish Avengers to a rock 'n' roll tribute to Edgar Allan Poe called "The Raven Is Hard to Handle." Myers, a St. Petersburg native, is a real librarian, with a masters in library and information sciences from USF. Before pursuing her literary calling, she combined public relations and comedy, performing her one-woman show Like a Publicist off-off Broadway in 2003. In her hometown debut, she sends up the Dewey Decimal System and dances on a book cart at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Venue Theatre, Pinellas Park. $15. (727) 822-6194; venueactorstudio.org.
m 'Almost Strangers'
Mentalist Eran Raven (NBC's Phenomenon), who does things like play Russian roulette with a nail gun, returns to St. Petersburg's Freefall Theatre to perform Almost Strangers at 7 p.m. Sunday. Says the press release: "By reading body language, analyzing facial expressions and using psychological techniques such as subliminal suggestion and cognitive thinking, (he) will predict thoughts and read people's minds to illicit a wide variety of intriguing — and entertaining — responses." $25. (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic