New This Week

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Quintessence Theatre Group) Bored little Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world. Previews Wednesday-Friday, opens Saturday.


Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

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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 Dec. 21.  

- W.R.

Greetings! (Montgomery Theater) Jewish woman meets Catholic fiance's family on Christmas Eve in this 1990 comedy, not all of which has aged well. Ends Sunday. 7.  

- J.R.

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) Yearning neighbors, their feuding parents, and a disputed bit of Irish farmland, brought to life by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt). Through Dec. 28.

QED (Lantern Theatre Company) Peter DeLaurier gives a wholly natural portrayal of the charismatic physicist Richard Feynman. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

The Sincerity Project (FringeArts) A decades-long experiment in truth-telling theater. Through Dec. 13.

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 retains some old faves (Patsy) in a swirl of constantly updated comedy. Through Dec. 28.