1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is

Ever-changing show that takes a witty look at local, national & international current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849 (4TIX).


. $20-$35.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens, complete with cherished carols. Closes 12/26. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Closes 12/26. Princeton University's McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl.; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $45-$70.

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn Jake Ehrenreich's autobiographical hit comedy-musical tracing his journey from Brooklyn to the Catskills to Broadway. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $44.50-$52.50.

Blue Man Group Three bald men, painted blue, present a show blending performance art, comedy & mime. Closes 1/2. University of the Arts' Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $25-$85.

Caesar's Palace o' Fun Lively mix of variety acts, music & comedy. Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30.

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion The acclaimed troupe's latest show blends Eastern & Western acrobatics. Temple University's Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.; ComcastTix: 800-298-4200. $45-$84; $40.50-$72 seniors, students and military; $36-$68 children 12 and under.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Stage adaptation of the popular movie, featuring Berlin's music & lyrics. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Laughing From Right to Left David Glickman's musical-comedy, which celebrates what's so funny about being Jewish. Closes 12/25. Temple Brith Achim, 481 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; reservations recommended: 610-337-2222. Donation suggested: $5.

Nuncrackers Featuring Equity guest artist Micki Sharpe & Hedgerow favorite Susan Wefel. Closes 1/9. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students.

Parenting 101: The Musical New musical about the many ups & downs of raising kids. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $35-$47.

The Three Musketeers (The Later Years) Holiday party with an oddball cast of characters celebrating the holiday season with singing, dancing & dueling. Swashbuckling seasonal fun. Closes 1/9. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$50; $32-$47 children 17 and under.

The Understudy An actor & his understudy clash over a role in a newly discovered Kafka play. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $36; $31 seniors; $18 students and ages 20-29.

The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show An arctic adventure where three unlikely friends battle a mysterious & malevolent force that's unraveling the tradition of Christmas. Theatre Horizon at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; box office: 610-283-2230. $27, $24 seniors; $37 on New Year's Eve, $34 seniors, $31 students.

Family theater

A Fractured Christmas Carol

A slapdash, fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation of a favorite holiday story. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $8, $5 children; Pay what you can on Wednesdays.

Annie In this popular musical, a little red-haired orphan gets everyone to have hope for "Tomorrow." Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St.; 610-891-0100. $25-$46.

Cape May Stage: The Little Prince Directed and conceived by Scott Hitz, written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, and featuring puppets by Emmy Award-winning designer Michael Schupbach, this beloved classic of children's literature has been turned into a production for the whole family. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fable about a pilot who crash-lands in the desert and meets an openhearted boy from another planet, gently reminds us to hold on to what is truly important in life. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; box office: 609-884-1341. $12.50-$40.

Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 This show features memorable scenes from all three Toy Story movies. Closes 1/2. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600. $15-$85.

Enchantment Theatre Company: Cinderella This nationally acclaimed original production features life-size puppets, masks, magic & music. Closes 1/2. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. $29; $25 students & seniors; $17 children.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Snow White An original musical adaptation of the classic story. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; reservations required: 215-659-8550. $12; $10 children.

The Borrowers The story of a tiny family forced into the great big outdoor world when its home beneath the floorboards is discovered. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Abbreviated version of A Christmas Carol, minus the ghosts that may be frightening to small children. Closes 12/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Dinner theater

Murder at the Irish Wake

Comic murder-mystery centered on an Irish wake, where the dearly departed may have had outside help in taking his leave. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre box office: 215-238-1313. $42.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/chamber music

Advent Brown Bag Concerts

Enjoy a midday break, bring your lunch & hear music of the season by guest performers. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St. Free.

Christmas Eve Concert & Service Carols of the British Isles for choir & brass quartet. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 409 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Free. 12/24. 7 pm.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

No nursery care available at this service. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St. Free.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Early Christmas Eve Candlelight services include a children's message & choral music. Nursery care available. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St. Free.


Israeli Dancing

Informal weekly dance sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507, Ext. 19. $5.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Ballanchine's "The Nutcracker" The classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll is brought to life through dance. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; box office: 215-893-1999. $30-$139.

Salsa Lessons & Dancing Dance lessons followed by open dancing w/DJ Rombero spinning salsa, merengue & baccata. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

Other Performances

Bob Egan Showcase

Eight or more vocalists take the stage, accompanied by pianist & host Egan. Stockton Inn, 1 Main St., Stockton, N.J.; 609-397-1250.


. $10; $10 food and drink minimum.

Gogol Bordello Gypsy-punk band fusing supercharged folk with a sideshow cabaret. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; box office: 215-627-1332. $37.40. 12/29. 8 pm.