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Sunday Looking back Let us not let 2010 depart without laughing at it (because what's the alternative?). 1812 Productions aids us in trying to find the yuks amid the yucks of the recent past with its annual show This Is the Week That Was. The revue, which change


Looking back Let us not let 2010 depart without laughing at it (because what's the alternative?). 1812 Productions aids us in trying to find the yuks amid the yucks of the recent past with its annual show This Is the Week That Was. The revue, which changes each night to reflect the news, goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $26 ($32 Friday). Call 215-592-9560.

Timeless tales Not just for kids: The Arden Theatre Company performs Charles Way's adaptation of Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers, about a tiny family living under the floorboards of a manor house whose existence is thrown into disarray when they are discovered. The show goes on at noon and 4 p.m. at the company's theater, 40 N. Second St., and continues a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 30. Tickets are $16 to $32. Call 215-922-1122. . . . The Enchantment Theatre Company performs Leslie Reidel's adaptation of Cinderella, with puppets and masks, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., and continues with shows at 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 and 3:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $29; $25 seniors and students;

$17 under 12. Call 215-893-1999. . . . The Storybook Musical Theatre presents a new version of Snow White at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, Tomlinson and Buck Roads, Bryn Athyn, and continues with shows at 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets are $12; $10 ages 12 and under. Call 215-659-8550.

Magic movement The astonishing Cirque du Soleil combines traditional Chinese acrobats with the troupe's own distinctively kinetic theatrics in Dralion. The show goes on at 7:30 p.m. at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 1 & 5 p.m. Friday and next Sunday. Tickets are $40 to $99. Call 215-204-8499.


By the numbers In Mamoru Hosoda's 2009 cyberpunk anime Summer Wars, a high school math prodigy solves a complex problem, which unwittingly allows him to hack into a digital world undergirding the World Wide Web. The ensuing battle to keep the real and virtual worlds apart complicates the teen's romantic plans. The film screens at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, at 8 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8; $6 seniors; $5 students. Call 610-917-1228.


Holiday tales The estimable First Person Arts finishes the year with a seasonal Story Slam, in which 10 storytellers chosen at random from a volunteer list have five minutes to impress the crowd with content and performance, while judges selected from the audience score the performances on a 10-point scale. D.C.-based storyteller S.M. Shrake (This American Life) hosts the event at 8:30 p.m. at L'Etage, Sixth and Bainbridge Streets. Tickets are $5. Call 267-402-2055.

Off the road The foot-stomping lo-fi rockabilly duo Hymn for Her is Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, who live with their dog and baby daughter in the same 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer in which they tour and record. They play at 9 p.m. at the Grape Room, 105 Grape St. Tickets are $5. Call 215-930-0321.


Far out We don't know a lot about the local space-metal trio SunCrusher - but we do know they have sampled vocals by Stephen Hawking combined with postmodern guitar shredding over complex prog-rock rhythms on their dynamite song "Information Paradox," and that's enough for us to recommend you see the combo play on a four-band bill at 8 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-787-0488.


The Shaolin way The Staten Island collective known as the Wu-Tang Clan has had an undeniable influence on hip-hop, certainly - but to say that seems reductive for the group, which sometimes seems to be something just short of a global geopolitical force. A lineup of original members including Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah will perform at 10 p.m. at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets are $44. Call 215-922-6888.

Friday & Saturday

In clubland What are you doing New Year's Eve? Local hero

Jeffrey Gaines

plays at

the Tin Angel

, 20 S. Second St., at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35. Call 215-928-0770. . . . Get-Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees reunites his side project

Reggie and the Full Effect


the Theater of Living Arts

, 334 South St., at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $24. Call 215-922-1011. . . . Guitarist

Jim Dragoni

presents his jazz-blues takes on Dylan, Bach, Gershwin, and others at

Roller's Flying Fish

, 8142 Germantown Ave., at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $55; reservations required. Call 215-247-0707.

Jersey boy OK, you've seen the stage show about him. Now, it's time to start 2011 right, by seeing the real thing: Frankie Valli performs at the Music Box at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $65. Call 866-900-4849.