(Photo by Linnea Frye)
Not only does A VERY MERRY UNAUTHORIZED CHILDREN'S SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT offer a spirited send-up of L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics-obsessed movie stars; not only does it feature a cast of cute and accomplished actors; and not only does the Dad's Garage production offer the perfect antidote for a Christmas overdose; it's also only about an hour long, leaving plenty of time to make merry by other means. Through Dec. 23. $15-$25. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Dec. 16 and 23, 5 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgaragetheater.com. See my recent feature on director Mary Claire Dunn and my review of last year's production.