Drama about racial identity & looking for meaning in the country's difficult history. Closes 2/7. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913. $12.50-$20.

Cherokee Trouble brews among a group of campers when 1 of their own goes missing. Closes 2/8. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $39-$49; $34-$44 seniors; $19.50-$24.50 ages 20-29; $10-$24.50 students.

Diverse Voices: In the Blood Based on 'The Scarlet Letter.' Closes 1/27. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230. Free.

Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry play about the unlikely friendship between elderly white Southern woman & her African American chauffeur. Closes 2/2. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$40.

Express Tracks World premiere play written by Joseph M. Paprzycki. Closes 1/26. Waterfront South Theatre, 400 Jasper St., Camden; 866-811-4111. $20.

Fences August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family clinging to their dreams while dealing with societal changes. Closes 2/9. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$87.50.

Footloose Musical based on the movie. Closes 2/8. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ; 609-704-5012. $30-$40.

Ghosts Ibsen play that offers scathing commentary on 19th-century morality. Closes 2/9. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $26-$46; $26 children 17 and under.

InterAct Theatre Company: Gidion's Knot Drama by Johanna Adams. Closes 2/9. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-568-8077. $32-$36; $27-$31 seniors; $15 students.

Mama Won't Fly Comedy by Jones Hope Wooten. Closes 2/1. The Little Theatre (Sketch Club), 433 Glover St., Woodbury; 856-848-8089. $18; $15 seniors; $39.95; $29.95 children dinner and show.

Mauckingbird Theatre Company: Beautiful Thing The tale of teenagers growing up in a rough London neighborhood & the comfort & hope they find in each other. Closes 2/2. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-923-8909. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students.

Michael J. Boryla: The Disappearing Quarterback Former Eagles quarterback presents his autobigraphical show on leaving the sport. Closes 2/2. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849. $25 advance; $30 day of show.

Niwa Gekidan Penino: The Room Nobody Knows Surreal, semi-autobiographical play about 2 brothers living in a mysterious, otherworldly apartment. Closes 2/1. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-413-1318. $29.

Other Desert Cities A writer's plan to pen a book about her family's history causes strife among her relatives. Closes 3/2. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Rough Crossing A group of theater professionals head to NY aboard an ocean liner, and high jinks commence. Closes 2/1. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546. $18 advance; $20 day of show.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Based on the book series by Louis Sachar. Closes 2/15. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $32-$36; $20-$22 children 13-18; $16-$18 under 12.

Snowglobe Amanda Schoonover & Charlotte Northeast star in a new comedy by Nicholas Wardigo. Closes 2/9. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; 347-644-7577. $25; $17 seniors and students.

StoryUp! After Dark Evening of improvisational storytelling, comedy & theater based on audience suggestions. 4th Fri. 10:30 pm. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.

The Diary of Anne Frank A powerful memoir of a young Jewish girl's experiences during WWII. Closes 2/16. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $25-$42.

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? - National Tour 1-man show examining the differences between men & women. Closes 1/12. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $30.

The Pillowman A dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. Closes 2/8. Luna Theater, 620 S. 8th St.; 215-704-0033. $15-$25.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding Hilarious, interactive Italian-style wedding comedy. Closes 3/29. Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 1-800-660-8462. $95-$125.

True West Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Presented by Theatre Exile. Closes 2/23. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849. $20-$50; $10; $15 students.

Tuesdays With Morrie Theatrical adaptation of the best-selling book by Mitch Albom. Closes 2/16. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $10-$46.

Vanities The story of three close friends as they contend with some pivotal moments in their lives. Closes 2/9. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $20-$34; $20-$31 seniors; $15 students.

Water by the Spoonful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Closes 3/16. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$48.

Family theater


A street urchin sets out on a magical adventure with the aid of a genie & a flying carpet. Closes 2/9. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $13.

Dinosaur Train Live Theatrical adaptation of the PBS show. 1/25. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$40.

Down With the Crown Coproduction of Collaborative Arts & Eastern University Theatre. Closes 2/2. Eastern University - McInnis Auditorium, 1300 Eagle Rd., Wayne. $10; $8 seniors; $5 under 12.

Pinocchio Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production. Closes 1/26. Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 610-970-1199. $17; $15 seniors; $13 students and children.

Community theater

Actors' NET of Bucks County: The Night of the Iguana

Turbulent masterpiece of a play by Tennessee Williams. A defrocked clergyman-turned-tour-guide takes a busload of pious Texan church ladies to an Eden-like spot along the coast of Mexico where he battles their suspicions about his past, his own demons, and a young girl whose affections could destroy him. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; reservations required: 215-428-0217. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children under 12.

Arms & the Man Wartime comedy by George Bernard Shaw. Closes 1/25. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $15; $14 seniors; $8 students.

Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon comedy about the ups, downs & oddities of newlywed life. Closes 2/1. Spotlight Theatre at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-1079. $12-$15.

Man of La Mancha Award-winning musical based on the story of Don Quixote. Closes 2/1. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

Monty Python's Spamalot Comic musical "lovingly ripped" from the Monty Python film. Closes 2/1. The Grand Theatre, 405 S. Main St., Williamstown; 856-728-2120. $22-$25.

Something Intangible 2 very different brothers attempt to collaborate on a unique & monumental project. Closes 1/26. Old Academy Players, 3540-3544 Indian Queen Ln.; Box Office: 215-843-1109. $15.

Superior Donuts Comedy-drama by Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts. Closes 1/25. Colonial Playhouse, Ridley Ave., Clifton Heights; Box Office: 610-622-5773. $12-$14.

The Winter's Tale Unique ensemble adaptation of the Shakespeare play about a man struggling w/madness & despair. Closes 1/26. Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave., Phoenixville; Box Office: 610-935-1920. $15; $12 students 18 and under.

There Goes the Bride Comedy about an impending marriage & the absurdity of taboos regarding premarital sex. Closes 2/1. Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $18.

Dinner theater

Murder in Twelve Steps

The eccentric members of a behavior addiction support group become suspects in a murder. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Ballroom With a Twist

Dance production choreographed by Louis van Amstel of 'Dancing With the Stars.' The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881.


. $20-$85. 1/24-26.

Clipper Erickson, Pianist Temple University - Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad St.; 215-204-7609. Free. 1/26. 3 pm.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Conductor Concert of works by Glinka, Bartok & Shostakovich. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $5-$45. 1/26. 3 pm.

Delaware County Symphony Community orchestra. Neumann University, One Neumann Dr., Aston. $18; $15 seniors and students. 1/26. 3 pm.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series: Igor & Elvis Concert of works by Michael Daugherty & Stravinsky. Hotel Du Pont, 100 W. 11th St., Wilmington; 302-652-5577. $60. 1/28. 8 pm.

Ellis Island: The Dream of America A musical piece that chronicles seven European immigrants. Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square; $15; $12 seniors; free children and students. 1/25. 3-5:30 pm. Also Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1330 Main St., Phoenixville; 1/26. 3-5:30 pm; and West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester; 1/28. 7-8:30 pm.

Kirill Gerstein, Pianist Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$48. 1/28. 7:30 pm.

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra One of the oldest community orchestras in the area. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Box Office: 610-622-1189. $18; $15 seniors; $5 students with ID. 1/26.

LocalArtsLive Music Showcase Featuring performances by percussionist Adam Vidiksis, harpist Elizabeth Morgan-Ellis & The Laughing Bird Ensemble. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; 877-849-5327. $25; $15 students. 1/24. 7:30 pm.

Melomanie Ensemble performs on period and modern instruments. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 1/26. 2 pm.

Music of the Americas Brazilian, American, and Argentine composers perform. Cumberland County College - Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Sherman Ave. & College Dr., Vineland, NJ; 856-692-8499. $30. 1/25. 8 pm. Also Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ; 609-652-9000. $30. 1/26. 2 pm.

Old York Road Symphony: Young Artists Concert Winners of the symphony's Young Artists Competition perform with the orchestra. Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Rd., Abington; 215-782-1718. $18; $15 seniors; $5 students. 1/25. 8 pm.

Orchestra 2001: New Music Celebration Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring newly commissioned works from Richard Danielpour, Dr. Jay Fluellen & students from Play On, Philly. Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8200. Free. 1/26. 3 pm.

PCMS Concert: Jeremy Denk, Pianist Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mehldau, Bolcom, Stravinsky & more. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 1/26. 3 pm.

PCMS Concert: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Piano trio performs works by Previn, Mendelssohn & Dvorak. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 1/30. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Academy of Music Anniversary Concert Featuring special guest performer Jill Scott. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts. $200-$250. 1/25. 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Radu Lupu Joins Yannick Concert of works by Smetana, Bartok & Dvorak, w/soloists to include pianist Lupu. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $48-$146. 1/30.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Week 3 Works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov & Mussorgsky, w/Tugan Sokhiev conducting. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $53-$156. 1/24.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series Chamber ensembles of PSO artists perform traditional & modern works. Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton; reservations required: Free. 1/26.

Sequentia Presents a selection of innovative and expressive vocal music of the High Middle Ages in Germany. The concert features masterpieces of the Benedictine visionary and composer Hildegard von Bingen; the 14th-century mystical poet Frauenlob, and sinuous settings of the Song of Songs from an Augustinian monastery in Bavaria. Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, 18th St. $25-$45. 1/29. 7:30 pm.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society: Houses of Worship Learn the historical context of the church followed by an organ recital. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Free-will offering encouraged. 1/26. 4 pm.

The Impulse Handbell Ensemble Classic and contemporary favorites. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E Court St., Doylestown; Free. 1/26. 4 pm.

The Song of Eve: A Celebration of Womanhood Soprano Julie Bishop & guests perform works by Schumann, Faure & Morten Lauridsen, plus musical theater selections. Temple University - Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad St. Free. 1/24. 7:30 pm.


Amici Opera Company: Manon Lescaut

4-act Puccini opera based on the writings of Antoine Francois Prevost. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church, 315 S. Broad St.; 215-224-0257. $25. 1/25. 3 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Torquato Tasso 3-act 'melodramma semiseria' opera by Donizetti. United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $25. 1/26. 3 pm.

AVA Opera Theatre: Pique Dame Semi-staged production of Tchaikovsky's dramatic opera. Academy of Vocal Arts - Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685. $60-$95; $50-$85 seniors; $25-$95 ages 30 and under; $10-$95 students. 1/25.

H.M.S. Pinafore Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $26-$36. To 2/9.

Palisades Community Chorus: Winter Concert Music from Latin America including works from colonial Lima, Cuzco & Oaxaca & contemporary choral music from Argentina. Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, 321 W. Butler Ave., Doylestown; 610-294-9039. $10; $5 students. 1/26. 3 pm.

Philomusica Chorale: Fury Band performance. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland. $12-$25. 1/25, 1/26.

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. No talent is necessary - just a willingness to have fun. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; 215-879-7733. Free. 1/28.

Svitanya Small women's a cappella vocal ensemble performs traditional Eastern European folk music in the original languages. Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th St. & Baltimore Ave.; 215-729-1028. $10-$30. 1/25. 7:30 pm.

West Chester Area Community Chorus The chorus presents its winter concert, featuring Broadway, pop, folk, classical, spirituals & more. West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester. $5. 1/25. 3 pm.


Cardio Pop

Dance your way to health and fitness. Nest Philadelphia, 1301 Locust St. $10. 1/27.

Drexel Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Memento Drexel University - Mandell Theater, 33d St.; Box Office: 215-895-2787. $10; $5 students. 1/24-25.

Fantasy Grandma Blind Date: Music and Dance Duos thirdbird brings together dances & musicians for a night of improvised performance. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. $15; $12 students. 1/30. 8 pm.

Gabrielle Revlock: Confetti Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. $20-$30. 1/24, 1/25.

Israeli Dancing Easy & intermediate level session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507. $5. 1/26.

NIA: The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combine in NIA. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 1/28.

Oh What A Night - A Rock & Soul Dinner Dance Featuring the First Ladies or Rock & Soul. Hear the 13-piece band sing and perform songs made famous by the Supremes, Ronettes, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvelettes, and many more. Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ. $45. 1/25. 7:30 pm.

Thunderbird: Allege + Singer/Songwriter Two dance performances. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. $15; $12 students and artists. 1/29. 8 pm.

Other performances

Eddie Bruce

Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.

Music of the Night: Phantom of the Opera Original concert take on the saga. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-655-1014. $20.

One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro One woman. Ten characters. The songs of Laura Nyro. Written by Louis Greenstein and Kate Ferber, and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, this one-woman show celebrates the music and creative force of the late singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. . World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. $15-$18. 1/25. 8 pm.

Tony Braithwaite & Jennifer Childs: Let's Pretend We're Famous Classic & original songs, skits & improv themed around fame & infamy. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$34.