The Subversive Theatre Collective typically pulls out something unorthodox for the holidays. No gauzy productions of “A Christmas Carol” or “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for the members of Buffalo’s rabble-rousing theater troupe. Their taste runs toward, let’s say, less traditional fare, like 2010’s “A Totalitarian Christmas,” which featured a fearsome, fascist St. Nick railing against the hopes and dreams of his proletarian elves.

This year, Subversive is presenting a similarly lighthearted (if perhaps less obviously Marxist) presentation: “Radio TBS,” Mark L. Smith’s comedy about “a group of Florida trailer park ladies who undertake to build a drive-by nativity scene honoring both kings... Jesus and Elvis.” The show, starring a cast of 10, was directed by Kelly Beuth and presented in collaboration with the Brazen Faced Varlets. It opened Thursday and runs through Dec. 15 in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). Call 408-0499 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski