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Murder for Two - The Holiday Edition

(Bucks County Playhouse). Part whodunit, part musical, part slapstick, all performed by two people. Through Dec. 31.

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Reviewed by Sofiya Ballin (S.B.), Nancy Chen (N.C.), Bill Chenevert (B.C.), Hugh Hunter (H.H.), Julia M. Klein (J.M.K.), Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

All's Well That Ends Well (Philadelphia Artists' Collective). Shakespeare's Helena can do anything but make Bertram love her. A technically proficient but curiously unmoored production. Ends Saturday. - W.R.

An American Christmas Songbook (Bristol Riverside Theatre). It's sing-along time as Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band take the stage with holiday favorites. Sunday and Wednesday through next Sunday.

Antagonyms (Curio Theatre Company). Four young Philadelphians grapple with past and present in a noir search for identity. Thought-provoking production that bursts with meaning, intense emotions, and language. Ends Saturday. - J.M.

Black Nativity (New Freedom Theatre). A reimagining of Langston Hughes' reimagining of the Nativity story - this time set in Darfur. Supercharged acting, dancing - and meaning. Ends next Sunday. - S.B.

The Carols (1812 Productions/ Plays & Players Theatre). Jennifer Childs' original musical brings together some oddball folks at Christmastime 1943. A corny, hilarious piece of holiday fare. Through Dec. 31. - T.Z.

A Child's Christmas in Wales (Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3). The Irish Repertory Theatre of New York's adaptation of Dylan Thomas' memoir. Warm, full of nostalgia. Through Dec. 23. - J.R.

A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre). It wouldn't be the holiday season without it. Through Dec. 22.

A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company). Energetic version as five actors take on all the roles in Dickens' sprawling tale. Through Dec. 31.

A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater). A new, reimagined version, promising more magic and merriment. Through Dec. 31.

A Christmas Story (Media Theatre). Musical version of the great Jean Shepherd tale, doubling down on the nostalgia, keeping all the good things, and adding more. Through Jan. 8 - H.H.

Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company). A musical based on Davy Rothbart's mag/website of people's anonymous notes to self and the world. Polished, high- spirited fun. Ends Sunday. - J.M.K.

Godspell (Eagle Theatre, Hammonton, N.J.). The famed musical on faith and theater, in the round. A fresh, inspiring production, centering on comedy. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

An Iliad (Lantern Theater Company). The Muse sings of the wrath of Achilles, the Trojan Horse, and a lady named Helen. Harnesses the enthralling power of Homer's war poem. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

The Nutcracker (Pennsylvania Ballet/Academy of Music). The beloved George Balanchine version, to Tchaikovsky's music. Friday through next Sunday, and Dec. 16-18, 22-24, and 26-31.

The Nutcracker (Brandywine Ballet). Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy take us to the Land of Sweets. Friday through next Sunday, and Dec. 15-18.

The Road: My Life with John Denver (People's Light). David Lutken stars as Denver in a road show of his greatest hits. Best for big John Denver fans. Through Jan. 15. - N.C.

Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto (People's Light). Keeps the great tradition of British panto alive, with song, action, and laughs. A charming production, visually and aurally dazzling. Through Jan. 15. - J.R.

This Wonderful Life (Act II Playhouse, Ambler). The popular one-man version of the classic film It's a Wonderful Life. Through Dec. 24.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Camden Repertory Theatre). They seem to be sleeping - but they magically dance all night. Ends Saturday.

Wilde Tales (Quintessence Theatre Group). An anthology musical reenacting Oscar Wilde's tales for kids. Through Dec. 31.

The Wizard of Oz (Walnut Street Theatre). The great tunes, great lines, great story, plus a few surprises. Amazing special effects, fine singing, and a great getaway from a world of turmoil. Through Jan. 8. - B.C.

A Year with Frog and Toad (Arden Theatre). They're back - grumpy Toad and can-do Frog in the popular family show. A marvelous, funny production for children of all ages. Through Jan. 29. - T.Z.