Theater

Professional/semi-professional

1812 Productions: This Is The Week That Is

Annual show poking fun at local & national current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.   $28.

A Christmas Story: The Musical Musical stage adaptation of the classic holiday movie. Closes 1/10. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $20-$95.

Annie A special orphan gets a chance at adoption. Closes 3/22. The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly The DuPont Theatre), 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-338-0881. anniethemusical.com.   $40-$90.

Becoming Dr. Ruth Biographical drama about the early years of the woman eventually known as Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Closes 12/27. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $30-$35.

Black Nativity A joyous retelling of the traditional Nativity story in music, dance & verse. Closes 12/6. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230. www.theatrehorizon.org/shows/blacknativity.html.   $39-$49; $37-$47 seniors; $22-$25 students.

Bonnie & Clyde The deviously tantalizing story of America's most dangerous couple. Closes 12/12. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton; 609-704-5012.   $30-$40.

Cape May Stage: A Cape May Christmas The story of Santa & Mrs. Claus's secret visit to Cape May. Closes 1/2. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341.   $38; $33 seniors; $18 students.

Diner A group of young men contemplate the new realities of adulthood from the comfort of their '50s diner hangout. Closes 12/27. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100.   $35-$50.

East Lynne Theater Company: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Storytelling-style production about Santa's life, from his early years through how he became immortal. Closes 12/12. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org.   $25; $15 students; free for children 12 and under.

Equivocation In 1600s London, a playwright named Shagspeare is commissioned to write a play about a treasonous act, but his dedication to truth may imperil him. Closes 12/13. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.   $36-$50; $15 teens and children.

Lafferty's Wake An Irish family celebrate the life of their late patriarch through jokes, stories & songs. Closes 12/20. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210.   $35.

Living Together Second play in Acykbourn's Norman Conquest Trilogy. Closes 12/6. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546.   $20 advance; $25 day of show.

Matilda the Musical Stage adaptation of the popular children's book. Closes 11/29. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999.   $35-$125.

Menopause The Musical Comic musical about women & "the change." Closes 12/20. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469 (HIT SHOW). www.menopausethemusical.com.   $45-$65.

Murder in Dixie A rich boy from Philadelphia's Main Line is engaged to a poor orphaned girl from the Deep South. As their families gather for her hometown's county fair, will their plans to break them up succeed? Between his gold-digging stepmother and social-climbing chauffeur, and her scheming sister and manipulative guardian, the stage is set for an outrageous battle royale to rival the Hatfields and the McCoys. And what secrets are the soon-to-be newlyweds keeping from each other? One thing's for sure...nobody expected that, in between the hog-calling contest and the three-legged race, somebody would resort to murder. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. www.bistroromano.com/mystery-theatre.   $48.95.

Of Mice and Men 2 drifters take on ranch work with the goal of eventually buying their own land. A misunderstanding soon leads to trouble. Closes 12/13. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913.   $17.

The Bald Soprano Classic absurdist comedy by Eugene Ionesco. Closes 12/19. Curio Theatre Company at Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350. www.curiotheatre.org/the-bald-soprano.html.   $15-$25.

The Book of Mormon South Park and Avenue Q creators' musical about 2 young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Closes 12/27. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 800-447-7400. www.bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour_page.php.   $67-$177.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical The holiday misadventures of a quirky band of trailer park residents. Closes 12/13. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984.   $27-$37.

The Three Musketeers (The Later Years): A Musical Panto Adventure & comedy meet as Athos, Porthos, Aramis & a chicken take on the evil Lord Mazorotti. Closes 1/19. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.   $40-$50; $35-$45 children.

Underneath the Lintel New production of Glen Berger's play. Peter DeLaurier recreates his Barrymore Award-winning role as the Librarian. Closes 12/6. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395.   $20-$39; $15 students.

Wilmo Wednesdays Curated variety show featuring various local & regional performers. Ongoing. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.   Free.

Family theater

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Hour-long adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, feat. a mix of original & traditional holiday tunes. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $14-$16.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! Clifford, one of America's most beloved dogs, is coming, live, to a theater near you. Closes 11/28. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.   $25.

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Featuring "Snow White," "Cinderella" & "Beauty & the Beast." Closes 11/29. Sun National Bank Center, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 800-298-4200. $15-$65.

Doo-Wop Wed Widinghood Musical "Red Riding Hood" adaptation set in the '50s. Closes 11/28. Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill, Langhorne.   $10-$12.

Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates World premiere play based on the book by Mary Mapes Dodge. Closes 1/31. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.   $34-$36; $29-$31 seniors; $22-$24 teens; $18-$20 children.

Mary Poppins Stage adapation from the classic Disney musical film. Closes 12/20. Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 302-655-1014.   $16 advance; $18 day of show.

Nutcracker 1776 A unique take on the classic Nutcracker story. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. therockschool.org.   $33-$48.

Community theater

A Grand Night for Singing

Revue featuring nearly 30 classic Rodgers & Hammerstein songs. Closes 12/12. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111.   $25; $24 seniors; $13 students.

Footloose the Musical A young man moves to a town where dancing is outlawed, then decides to change the status quo. Closes 11/29. Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill, Langhorne.   $21-$23.

The Drama Group: Prelude ot a Kiss Romantic comedy by Craig Lucas. Closes 11/28. First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. www.thedramagroup.org. $15; $10 students with ID.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Concerts on Kentmere: Illuminating the Art of Marie Spartali Stillman

The Pyxis Piano Quartet presents a program of works by Rebecca Clarke, Elgar & Dvorak. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington.   $40. 12/3. 8 pm.

Curtis Student Recitals Solo & chamber music performances by Curtis Institute of Music students. Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St.; 215-893-7902.   Free. 11/30, 12/1, 12/2.

Duende & the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble Musical collaboration between music/dance collective duende & Curtis Institute's 20/21 Ensemble. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $25. 12/3, 12/3.

George Winston Self-described "rural folk piano" player. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263. www.georgewinston.com.   $36. 11/27. 8 pm.

Itzhak Perlman, Evgeny Kissin & Mischa Maisky, Violinist, Pianist & Cellist Three storied musicians present a concert of Schubert & Tchaikovsky piano trios. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.   $35-$75. 12/1. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano trio & guests perform works by Beethoven, Ludwig & Schubert. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org.   $24. 12/2. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody Concert of works by Rachmaninoff, Rossini & Casella, w/Simon Trpceski featured on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts. www.philorch.org.   $40-$147. 11/27, 11/28.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Complete Firebird Works by Stravinsky, Bizet & Vieuxtemps, w/Hilary Hahn featured on violin. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts. www.philorch.org.   $45-$157. 12/3.

Two Pianos, One Pianist: David Greilsammer David Greilsammer plays Scarlatti & Cage back to back at upcoming Princeton University. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $25; Students $10. 12/1. 6-9 pm.

Opera/Choral

Ambler Choral Society Prelude to the Holidays

Holiday choral concert Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 E. Welsh Rd., Ambler; 215-646-4123. amblerchoralsociety.org.   $15; $5 children. 11/29. 3 pm.

Amici Opera Company: The Bohemian Girl 3-act ballad by opera by Irish composer Michael William Balfe. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $20. 11/29.

Bells, Brass and The Boys Traditional holiday music, Impulse Handbell Ensemble & drag parody set in the style of a 1940's USO radio show. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. pgmc.org/.   $27.50-$55. 12/3.

The Victorian Carolers Popular holiday standards & classic Christmas tunes. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave.   $10; free for children 12 and under. 11/28. 2-3 pm.

Dance

American Repertory Ballet: The Nutcracker

Retelling of the holiday favorite. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).

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;  $25-$65. 11/27, 11/27, 11/28, 11/28.

Atlantic City Ballet: It's a Shore Holiday This "radio city-esque" review features a blend of contemporary and classical dances, set to a variety of popular holiday tunes. Singers and a live band help transport the audience to a "Holiday Winter Wonderland" designed to capture the imagination. A one-of-a-kind celebration ideal for sharing with family, friends and loved ones. Claridge Hotel - Celebrity Theater, Park Pl., Atlantic City. acballet.org.   $40-$50; $34-$42.50 seniors; $20 students and children. 11/28, 11/29.

Dorrance Dance Outstanding tap ensemble headed up by Michelle Dorrance. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999.   $37-$57. 12/2, 12/3.

Kulu Mele Music & dance from Africa. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914.   $30; $15 children 12 and under. 11/28, 11/28, 11/29, 11/29.

Philadelphia Dance Theatre: A Philadelphia Nutcracker A production of "The Nutcracker" created to capture the historic community & neighborhood. William Penn Charter School - Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 W. School House Ln.; 215-247-4272. www.philadancetheatre.org.   $25; $22 seniors, students and children. 11/27, 11/28, 11/28.

Roxey Ballet: The Nutcracker Roxey Ballet's 19th annual tradition. The College of New Jersey - Center for the Arts, 2000 Pennington Rd., Trenton; 609-397-7616. www.roxeyballet.com. $15.50-$52.50. 11/28, 11/29.

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. 11/29.

Other performances

Tongue & Groove: Art

Improvised serio-comic performance based on written words provided by the audience. Closes 12/3. Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St. tongue-groove.com.   $18; $8 students.