The Magnetic Theatre has been a home for live performance in Asheville for over a decade, producing original works, experimental theater, variety shows, comedy, late-night shows and more.

The Magnetic Theatre delivers fans who have come to expect out-of-the-box entertainment a new holiday-themed play sprinkled with a pinch of dark humor and a dash of alternative perspective. “It’s the Most _____ Time of the Year: Oil on Canvas,” opens Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 18.

The winter months are awash in family favorites and holiday traditions, so The Magnetic Theatre shakes things up a bit with its presentation of a sweet, poignant, awkward comedy that’s admittedly a bit twisted but sure to delight audiences with its contemporary take on family dynamics, traditions and the power of love.

It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and Jean and Doug couldn’t be more excited about the holiday season. The halls are decked, the trees are up and the kids — Rosemary and Bing — will be arriving any minute. Son-in-law Mike and new grandbaby Suzie round out the family gathering, and loving tolerance and charity abounds.

But Jean has arranged a surprise for them all that makes them question her sanity, and as Thanksgiving Day dawns, the family must decide: How far will they go to make Jean’s ultimate Christmas wish come true?

Written by local author Erin McCarson and directed by Jessica Johnson, the show stars Jane Hallstrom, David Mycoff, Clara Burrus, Dillon Giles, Petey Smith-McDowell and Strother Stingley.

“It’s the Most _____ Time of the Year: Oil on Canvas” plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25, with member discounts available. Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend.

The Magnetic Theatre is located at 375 Depot St. in the River Arts District. For tickets or more information, visit

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