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.   $36-$42.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Closes 12/27. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $38-$111.50.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens, complete with cherished carols. Closes 12/17. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.   $25-$34; $22-$31 seniors; $20 ages 30 and under; $15 students.

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.

Arden Blair Enterprises: Wine in the Wilderness During a race riot in Harlem, an artist works on a trio of paintings reflecting his thoughts on "black womanhood." Closes 12/13. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.   $25; $15 students with ID.

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.

Behind the Music: Holiday Tunes Festive show exploring the stories behind popular holiday songs. Closes 12/27. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $35-$41.

Bill Irwin: On Beckett Short evening of excerpts from Samuel Beckett's most moving & comic plays & prose. Closes 12/14. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.   $15-$35.

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.

Dumpsta Players: Keeping Up With The #Botox Comedy from the Dumpsta Players. Closes 12/16. Bob & Barbara's Lounge, 1509 South St.   $1.99.

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.   $25; $15 students; free for children 12 and under.

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

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Radio play-style production of the Frank Capra classic, featuring live sound effects. Closes 12/27. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121.   $30.

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Comic thriller based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic characters. Closes 12/27. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.   $24-$62.

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.

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).   $45-$65.

No Face Performance Group: Abbot Adam - None A beautiful meditation on work & leisure in monastic life. Closes 12/12. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.   $20; $15 students 25 and under.

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.

Peek-a-Boo Revue Philadelphia's premier burlesque show. Closes 12/11. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.   $20.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Theatrical adaptation of the classic stop-motion animated movie. Closes 12/20. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.   $30-$59.

Salon Ariel: Jennifer's Birth An aging woman gets an eye-opening look at the events that unfolded at the time she was born. Closes 12/20. Theatre Ariel, P.O. Box 0334, Merion Station.   $36.

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.   $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.   $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 Holiday Affair: A Roaring '20s Melodrama Vignettes depicting characters interacting at a '20s holiday party will be presented in various locations. Closes 12/12. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave.   $25.

The Three Maries: A Philadelphia Phable A foreign royal's visit to Philadelphia changes the lives of a local family. Closes 1/10. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. $27-$52.

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.

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

A Christmas Carol

The Downtown Players ring in the holiday season with their staging of the classic.' Closes 12/19. South Hunterdon Regional High School, 301 Mt. Airy - Harbourton Rd., Lambertville.


;  $18; $13 seniors and children.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Hour-long adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $14-$16.

Family Stages: Cinderella A fresh version of the well-loved story. Closes 4/9. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-886-9341. $12; $10 seniors; free for children under 3.

Frosty the Snowman A holiday musical for the whole family. Closes 12/11. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381.   $7-$9.

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.

Peppa Pig Live! Theatrical version of the popular TV show. Closes 12/12. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside.   $29.50-$49.50.

Quintessence Theatre Group: Hansel & Gretel Songs by David Cope in a retelling of the family classic. Closes 1/3. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.   $27-$34; $25 seniors; $15 students.

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.

Actors' NET of Bucks County: Meet Me in St. Louis Stage adaptation of the classic MGM musical film. Closes 12/20. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.   $20; $17 seniors; $15 students.

Cloud Nine Psstmodern satire exploring issues of gender, sexuality & power. Closes 12/13. Princeton University - Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau St., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $12, $11 students and seniors advance; $17, $15 students and seniors day of show.

Ebenezer the Musical Musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale. Closes 12/20. Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill, Langhorne.   $15-$18.

White Christmas Holiday musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. Closes 12/20. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139.

Dinner theater

Without a Cue: Murder Under the Mistletoe

Desperation leads to trouble at the North Pole when budget deficits threaten the jobs of Santa's workers. Closes 12/26. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000.



Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Andrea Bocelli

Italian vocalist who's one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600.


;  $75-$355. 12/12. 8 pm.

ArCoNet Orchestras Holiday Concert Works by Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Mendessohn & Handel, plus a community sing-along. Montgomery County Community College - Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.   $10; $5 seniors and children. 12/13. 6 pm.

Bay Atlantic Symphony Holiday Show Annual holiday symphony performance. Cumberland County College - Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Sherman Ave. & College Dr., Vineland; 856-692-8499 (TIXX).   $25. 12/12. 8 pm.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony Holiday Concert Concert of seasonal tunes & classics by Bach, Strauss, Pachelbel, Schubert & others. Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Absecon; 609-652-9000.   $32. 12/13. 2 pm.

Bird's Eye Trio New ensemble comprised of Paul Wiancko, Jennifer Curtis & Ayane Kozasa, cellist, violinist & violist. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.   $15; $10 students. 12/11. 7:30 pm.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Bach's Complete Brandenburgs All six Brandenburg concerti will be performed. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $25-$64. 12/14. 7:30 pm.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Bach's Complete Brandenburgs All six Brandenburg concerti will be performed. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $25-$64. 12/14. 7:30 pm.

Darlingside String-rock quintet based out of Northampton, MA. MilkBoy Philadelphia, 1100 Chestnut St.   $12-$15. 12/16. 8 pm.

DePue Brothers Band Four violinist brothers perform w/a percussionist & various other strings players. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville.   $33-$45. 12/11. 8 pm.

Estrella Piano Duo Classical Russian piano performance. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St.;   $20. 12/13. 3 pm.

Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble Performing original works, popular & classical repertoire. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield.   $5. 12/13. 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Concert of traditional & original holiday tunes conducted by Grammy winner Bramwell Tovey. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $20-$120. 12/17.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Yannick Conducts Messiah Performance of Handel's holiday masterpiece, w/chorus & soloists. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $45-$152. 12/11, 12/12, 12/13.

Princeton University Orchestra: Michael Pratt, Conductor Works by Gabrieli, Schubert & Mahler, w/soloists to include mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick & tenor Daniel Weeks. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $15; $5 students. 12/11.

Punch Brothers Punch Brothers features acclaimed mandolinist Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263. $36-$43. 12/11. 8 pm.

Scandinavian Accents Flute & piano piece drawn from Scandinavian heritages. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq   $20-$30. 12/16. 7:30 pm.

Siberian Virtuosi & Julian Milkis, Clarinetist: Taste of the Holidays Musical collaboration between Russia's Siberian Virtuosi & Canadian musician Milkis. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $25-$60. 12/17. 8 pm.

St. John's Artist Series Christmas Concert The North Penn High School Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, and Brass will be featured guests at St. John's Artist Series Christmas Concert on sunday, December 13 at 4pm. St. John's United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale.   Free. 12/13. 4 pm.

Symphony in C: Classically Baroque Concert of works by Mozart, Tartini, Corelli & Handel, w/Alexander Bender featured on trumpet. Rutgers University - Camden Center for the Arts, 311 N. 5th St., Camden; 856-963-6683.   $24-$51. 12/12. 8 pm.


A Performance by the U.S. Army Chorus

Enjoy a diverse performance of traditional and modern songs by the world-renowned Army Chorus. Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Rd., Devon.   Free. 12/13. 4:30 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Il Parlatore Eterno & Mozart & Salieri 1-act works by Ponchielli & Rimsky-Korsakov. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257.   $20. 12/13.

Amici Opera Company: La Boheme 4-act Puccini opera. High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St.; 215-755-8903.   $44.95 includes dinner. 12/16. 6:15 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. 12/12.

Candlelight Christmas Concerts Featuring the Church's Festival Choir & Orchestra. Church of the Saviour, 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; Tickets required:   Free. 12/11, 12/12, 12/12, 12/13.

Centennial Singers Enjoy seasonal music, a cookie buffet, a visit from Santa & a sing-along. Log College Middle School, 730 Norristown Rd., Warminster.   Donations appreciated. 12/12. 8 pm.

Choir of Clare College Christmas Concert English choir presents holiday concert. St. Thomas Church Whitemarsh, 610 Church Rd., Fort Washington;   $20-$50. 12/14. 7:30 pm.

Greater South Jersey Chorus 90-member choir presents holiday concert w. guests ChildrenSong. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 9172 New Falls Rd., Levittown;   $25. 12/11. 8 pm.

Greater South Jersey Chorus 90-member choir presents holiday concert w. guests ChildrenSong. Catholic Community of Christ our Light, 402 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill;   $25. 12/13. 3 pm.

Main Line Ecumenical Choir & Orchestra: Handel's Messiah Annual performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 Lancaster Ave., Paoli.   Donation suggested: $10; $5 students; $1 children. 12/12. 8 pm.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: A Feast of Carols Classic & contemporary holiday songs w/harpist Adrienne Knauer & organist Micahel Stairs. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.   $32-$42; $22 students with ID. 12/12. 5 pm.

Music at Monica's: A Service of Lessons & Carols for Advent Concert of choral works by Ord, Sciven, Ellis, Stopford, Davison & Candlyn. Church of St. Monica, 635 First Ave., Berwyn. Donations accepted. 12/13. 3 pm.

Valley Forge Chorus - Hark! Hear the Bells 40 voice women's a cappella chorus presents concert of traditional & non-traditional holiday music. Dock Woods Community Center, 275 Dock Dr., Lansdale;   $20; $17 seniors; $15 students. 12/12, 12/12.

Vox Renaissance Consort: Renaissance Noel Lively, costumed, period instrument performances of Renaissance vocal music & court dance. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; 610-688-2800.   $25, $20 seniors advance; $30, $25 seniors day of show; $10 students. 12/11. 8 pm.

Vox Renaissance Consort: Renaissance Noel Lively, costumed, period instrument performances of Renaissance vocal music & court dance. Bryn Mawr College - Thomas Great Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-688-2800.   $25, $20 seniors advance; $30, $25 seniors day of show; $10 students. 12/13. 4 pm.


Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker

Classic holiday tale of a young girl & her magical doll. W/music by Tchaikovsky. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Absecon; 609-652-9000.


;  $32; $12 children with paid adult. 12/11, 12/12, 12/12.

Brandywine Ballet Company: The Nutcracker Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. West Chester University - Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Phillips Memorial Bldg., West Chester; 610-696-2711.   $25-$42. 12/11, 12/12, 12/12, 12/13, 12/17.

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas All-female Celtic ensemble presents their holiday show. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.   $27-$33. 12/16. 8 pm.

Dancefusion: The Twelve Days of Christmas Featuring the Dancefusion company & fusion2 training company with students from the Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center. New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St.   $25-$35; $20 students and children. 12/12, 12/12.

DiSiac Dance Company Princeton's student run dance company performs ballet, break, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern & more. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $12. 12/11, 12/11.

Pages to Pirouettes: The Nutcracker Classic holiday w/choreography set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5372.   Free. 12/13. 2 pm.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999.   $30-$150. 12/11, 12/12, 12/12, 12/13, 12/13, 12/17.

Philadanco Renowned modern dance group based in Philadelphia. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.   $29-$46. 12/11, 12/12, 12/12, 12/13.

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance: The Nutcracker Holiday tradition, presented by Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance. The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly The DuPont Theatre), 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington.   $14.99-$45. 12/12, 12/12, 12/13, 12/13.

Other performances

Arden Cabaret Series

A-list Philadelphia musical theatre performers including Jeff Coon, Joilet Harris, Kristine Fraelich & more will perform. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.


;  $30.

Cabaret of Duets A-list Philadelphia musical theatre performers are paired with teen Arden Drama School students to perform songs. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.   $10-$20. 12/14. 8 pm.

Christine Ebersole Tony-winning performer who's appeared in numerous Broadway & TV shows. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $70. 12/12. 8 pm.

Taylor Mac Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and sometime director and producer. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS).   $45.