Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Quintessence Theatre Group) Bored little Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world. Through Jan. 4.
Arthur & the Tale of the Red Dragon (People's Light and Theatre Company) This year's holiday panto employs puppets and a marvelous cast to fine effect. Through Jan. 11. - W.R.
Bad Jews (Walnut Street Theatre/Independence Studio) Cousins combust in a battle over a family heirloom, in a top-notch production of a laugh-out-loud play full of painful insights. Through Dec. 28. - T.Z.
Beauty and the Beast (Arden Theatre) Sisters Belle and Cassandra must start life anew in London, where Belle meets . . . the Beast! Through Feb. 8.
Great Expectations (Arden Theatre Company) In a production that's good fun, a small, strong cast tackles Dickens' big, rich tale of Pip and his life of luck, love, and lucre. Extended through next Sunday.
Les Miserables (Media Theatre) A moving production spectacularly sung by a top-notch cast, which is poorly served by inadequate sets. Extended through Jan. 18. - J.R.
Mary Poppins (Walnut Street Theatre) A delightful cast makes the most of this dandy show's big Broadway moments. Through Jan. 4. - T.Z.
Outside Mullingar (Philadelphia Theatre Company) John Patrick Shanley's lovable play gets a lovable production, full of quirky charm and tasty dialogue. Through Dec. 31.
QED (Lantern Theatre Company) Peter DeLaurier gives a wholly natural portrayal of the charismatic physicist Richard Feynman. Ends Sunday. - W.R.
Sleigh Ride (Broadway Theatre of Pitman) An international revue of holiday musical favorites. Through Dec. 21.
This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The company's annual current-events revue upholds traditions with gentle riffs, loads of laughs, and humor ranging from dry to very dry. Through Dec. 28. - J.R.