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When: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20 2014

The star of this yuletide cabaret show is statuesque singer Meghan Murphy, who has hair the color of merlot and a big voice that can be brassy, soulful, or plaintive as the occasion merits. Performing a nicely balanced selection of show tunes, original material, and R&B, she skips the usual Perry Como crap, focusing instead on the Christmas-related experiences of city dwellers, single women, and gay men (the show is produced by the LGBT-centric About Face Theatre). The results are funny and heartwarming without getting cynical or schmaltzy, owing to Murphy’s considerable charisma, jolly shamelessness, and, at times, vulnerability. She’s accompanied by a three-piece band of multi-instrumentalists and Patrick Andrews, who serves as a kind of backup singer/go-go boy. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20

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