When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23
Theater companies often present Christmas-themed plays during December, but you rarely see one as alien and yet familiar as Ron Reed's drama Remnant. The play takes place after the end of the world, in the cramped home of Barlow Sho'r and family, who live surrounded by the electric detritus of the pre-apocalypse world. Despite the cataclysm that has broken society, memories of Christmas still linger for the survivors — and Barlow fervently believes that if they properly perform all the Christmas rituals tonight, the world will spontaneously rejuvenate. When a mysterious stranger arrives seeking shelter, Barlow has a tough decision to make. Does Christmas require him to kill a man to make its miracle work? Mustard Seed Theatre made its debut with Remnant way back in 2007. It mounts its second production of the show — one even closer to the end of the world — at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (December 7 to 23) at Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedtheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $35.