1812 Productions: Dave & Aaron Go to Work Wordless comedy about 2 men sharing a tiny apartment. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560. $28-$38.

A Christmas Carol New comic adaptation where 5 actors play 20+ characters. Closes 12/30. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box office: 302-594-1100. $35-$49.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Closes 12/28. Princeton University, McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $20-$70.

Aladdin: A Musical Panto The discovery of a magic lamp sets a young man off on a grand adventure. Closes 1/6. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$55; $32-$52 children 17 and under.

Assistance Workplace comedy about personal & administrative assistants dealing with obnoxious bosses & a host of other problems. Closes 2/3. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $39-$47; $34-$42 seniors; $19.50-$23.50 students and ages 20-29.

B. Someday Productions & Walking Fish Burlesque: The Young Adventures of Santa - A Yuletide Burlesque Adult holiday show that tells the story of Santa's unconventional early years. Closes 12/31. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $18.

Cape May Stage: A Tuna Christmas Hilarious holiday sequel to "Greater Tuna." Closes 12/30. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.

Cooking With the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano! "Live broadcast" of a cable channel cooking show hosted by 2 colorful Italian sisters. Closes 1/13. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $45.

Curio Theatre: The Real Inspector Hound Tom Stoppard's mystery comedy. Closes 12/29. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 801 S. 48th St; 215-525-1350. $10-20.

Dr. Doolittle The tale of a veterinarian with the ability to speak to animals. Closes 1/27. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $54; $47 seniors; $37 children.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Staged reading of the Frank Capra classic, featuring live sound effects. Closes 12/30. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $29-$54.

Jekyll & Hyde: National Tour Constantine Maroulis & Deborah Cox star in the classic tale of good & evil. Closes 12/30. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 800-447-7400.

Les Miserables: National Tour 25th anniversary production of beloved musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel. Closes 1/13. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box office: 215-893-1999. $20-$100.

Magic Mood Male Review Male dancers/performers, drink specials & door prizes. Ongoing. Moodswing Nightclub, 3421 Kirkwood Hwy., Marshallton. $10.

Meshuggah-Nuns! Nuns on a multi-faith cruise lend a hand when cast members of "Fiddler on the Roof" fall ill. Closes 1/27. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25-32; $22-29 seniors; $10 students and children.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays The story of one dysfunctional family's colorful holiday shenanigans. Closes 1/6. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $30-$50; $15 students 25 and under.

Oh, What Fun Holiday-themed show featuring skits, songs & dancing. Closes 12/30. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33; $10-$15 students.

Plaid Tidings The boy band from "Forever Plaid" returns to perform a mix of holiday favorites & hits from the '50s & '60s. Closes 12/30. Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $35-$45.

Rigor Mortis Revue Horror/fantasy-themed burlesque show. Closes 12/30. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St.; 215-291-4945. $10.

The Music Man A con man's schemes are thrown for a loop when he falls for a local woman. Closes 1/6. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

This Wonderful Life Theatrical adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" where one actor plays all the characters. Closes 12/30. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35, $25 children 17 and under; $61, $51 children 17 and under includes dinner.

Tribe of Fools: Naughty New Years Annual holiday burlesque show benefitting the company's future productions. Closes 12/31. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-284-1178. $15.

Winter Wonderettes Holiday revue featuring the Marvelous Wonderettes. Closes 12/30. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 267-987-9865. $15-$31.

Family theater

A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas Holiday-themed musical adaptation of the beloved children's book. Closes 12/29. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

Cinderella Classic fairy tale. Closes 1/27. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $34-$36; $20-$22 children 12-18; $16-$18 children under 17.

Storybook Musical Theater: Alice in Wonderland Musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; 215-659-8550. $14; $12 children.

Storytime for the Holidays Program of holiday-themed tales with the opportunity to help create a new story. Closes 1/26. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Community theater

ELFuego New holiday musical from BCKSEET Productions. Closes 12/29. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 267-603-3533. $28; $21 seniors and students.

New City Stage Company: Voices for a New City Original Philadelphia-themed plays written & performed by members of the company's New City Young Ensemble. Closes 1/6. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500. Free.

Dinner theater

A Dickens of a Murder Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" meets Sherlock Holmes in this interactive murder mystery dinner theater show. Closes 12/31. Fisher's Tudor House, 1858 Street Rd., Bensalem; Reservations required: 215-244-9777. $49.99; $79.99 on 12/31.

Let's Host a Murder A murder-themed party gets out of hand, turning all the guests into suspects. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Lucy . . . I'm Dead Murder mystery dinner theater based on characters from "I Love Lucy." Closes 12/31. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4051. $95 includes dinner, tax & gratuity.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Philadelphia Mandolin & Guitar Ensemble String ensemble that performs a variety of music dating from the 16th century through today. Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, 8300 Germantown Ave. $20 advance; $25 day of show; $15 Sunday matinee. 12/29, 12/30.

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year's Eve Concert of works by Haydn, Strauss & Bernstein, with dancers. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $64-$144. 12/31. 7:30 pm.


Bel Canto Children's Chorus: Alumni Recital Featuring performances by former Bel Canto performers who've gone on to professional careers. Community Music School, 775 W. Main St., Collegeville. Donations accepted. 12/30. 4 pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 18-minute film full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, is shown on the Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Free. 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1.


Ceili Dance Weekly dance sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 1/2.

Israeli Dancing Easy & intermediate-level Israeli dance session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507. $5. 12/30.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box office: 215-893-1999. $15-$125. 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/30.

Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in the fun. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free. 12/30.

Other performances

Cirque Eloize: iD Blend of art & circus acts with hip-hop & breakdance elements. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $25-$75.

Eddie Bruce Cabaret musician with more than 25 years of experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.