Artists Repertory Theatre presents a double bill: The Reason for the Season and The Night Before Christmas, by Matt Pelfrey and Anthony Nielson. Spend an outrageous Christmas Eve with a churlish Santa, a kidnapped elf and a handful of hapless souls in need of some holiday spirit. Amid the shrapnel of yuletide yearning, broken dreams and poignant revelations, can the magic of the season spark hope in their hearts? With these two riotous, irreverent short plays that even Ebenezer Scrooge could appreciate, be prepared for a pair of good old-fashioned, foul-mouthed, feel-good holiday anti-classics … and just a wee dusting of that cherished Christmas feeling. For mature audiences. Performances run from Nov. 26 through Dec. 29. See the ART website for showtimes and to reserve tickets.