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THEATER: Here’s what’s playing on a stage near you

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The following is a sampling of theater/stage productions in the region:
Miller Symphony Hall: “Mooseltoe, a New Moos-ical” is presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Tickets are $15, $12 for children, $50 for a family four-pack. Get more information at (610) 432-6715 or www.millersymphonyhall.org.
Playcrafters: “Love Happens” follows a year in the lives of two couples, one beginning and one approaching their 50th anniversary. As the younger couple progresses from meeting and dating to the challenges of living together and commitment, they get advice and testimony from the older couple, who develop problems of their own when they’re influenced by the younger pair. Show times are 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29 at 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Call (610) 584-4005.
Footlighters Theater: “Fruitcakes” features a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster Dec. 4-19 at 58 Main Ave., Berwyn. For show times and tickets, call (610) 296-9245 or visit www.footlighterstheater.com.
Civic Theatre: “A Christmas Carol” runs Dec. 4-19 at 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Call (610) 432-8943 or go to www.civictheare.com.
Stagecrafters: John Steinbeck’s classic drama “Of Mice and Men” is presented Nov. 27-Dec. 13 at The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 online at www.thestagecrafters.org, $20 at door, two for $25 online for Thursday performances, two for $30 at the door for Thursday performances. Call (215) 247-9913.
Forrest Theatre: The satirical musical “The Book of Mormon” returns for a run through Dec. 27 at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Get tickets at www.telecharge.com or (800) 447-7400.
1812 Productions: The annual “This is the Week That is” show runs through Dec. 31 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia. Check out www.1812productions.org.
Academy of Music: The Broadway Philadelphia series presents “Matilda The Musical” through Nov. 29 at the Academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org. Also see www.matildathemusical.com/tour.
Media Theatre: Based on the film about the boy who, during a miner’s strike in the 1980s, wants to become a ballet dancer, rather than the boxer, “Billy Elliot: The Musican” runs through Jan. 3 and includes a score by Elton John. The theater is at 104 E. State St., Media. For tickets, call (610) 891-0100 or go to www.mediatheatre.org.
Montgomery Theater: It’s the “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” through Dec. 13, featuring a “Trailer Park Party” event 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The theater is at 124 Main St., Souderton. Get more information at (215) 723-9984 or www.montgomerytheater.org.
Arden Theatre Company: Hans Brinker and the Sliver Skates” runs through Jan.  31. A great skating contest is announced, and the winner will receive a shiny pair of silver skates. But will Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel, with their hand-carved wooden skates, be able to compete against children who own fine steel blades?

The cast of "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates" races to the finish line! Forefront: Lauren Hirte, Rachel Camp and Ciji Prosser. Submitted photo

The cast of “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates” races to the finish line! Forefront: Lauren Hirte, Rachel Camp and Ciji Prosser.
Submitted photo

On the Arcadia Stage through Dec. 13, it’s “Equivocation,” a contemporary spoof on William Shakespeare. “Shagspeare,” a playwright in London in 1605, receives a royal commission to write a historical play about a treasonous act. But the government’s side of the story just isn’t adding up. The theater is at 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, call (215) 922-1122.
Act II Playhouse: Next at Act II is “Behind the Music: Holiday Tunes,” with Sonny Leo and April Woodall, Dec. 8-27. Tickets are $29-$41. Discounts are available for subscribers, students, group of 10 or more and seniors 65+. Visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200. Act II is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: “An American Christmas Songbook” features traditional carols and new arrangements of popular holiday songs Dec. 10-20 at the theater, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and 19. Tickets start at $32. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100.
Penn’s Landing Playhouse: The run of “Menopause The Musical” has been extended. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $45-$65. Next is “The Calamari Sisters’ New Year’s Eve Concert for the Pope” Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The theater is inside the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Call (855) 448-7469.
Players Club of Swarthmore: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night for Singing” runs Nov. 27-Dec. 12 at 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Second Stage season offers “Death and the Maiden” Nov. 13-21. For tickets, go to www.pcstheater.org.
DCP Theatre: A cafe owner changes her mind about calling for the demolition of a park gazebo across from her business in “The Christmas Gazebo” Dec. 4-13. The theater is at 796 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Check out www.dcptheatre.com.

The cast of “The Christmas Gazebo”  is shown.  Submitted photo

The cast of “The Christmas Gazebo” is shown.
Submitted photo

People’s Light: The musical panto “The Three Musketeers (The Later Years)” takes the stage through Jan. 10. The theater is at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For show times and tickets, visit www.peopleslight.org or call (610) 644-3500.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: The comedy Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is presented Nov. 27-Dec. 27 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets, call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Theatre Horizon: PNC Arts Alive presents “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes through Dec. 6 at 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. Check show times and ticket availability at (610) 283-2230 or www.theatrehorizon.org.
Bucks County Playhouse: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is presented from Dec. 11-27. The theater is in New Hope at 70 S. Main St. Call (215) 862-2121 or visit www.bcptheater.org for show times and tickets.
Genesius Theatre: Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 the Musical” opens Dec. 4 at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading.
Walnut Street Theatre: “A Christmas Story, The Musical” makes its Philadelphia debut through Jan. 10 at 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Also on the main stage Nov. 28-Dec. 20 is “A Christmas Carol.” On the Independence Studio on 3 stage through Dec. 27 is a comedy about America’s most famous sex therapist, “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” For tickets and performance times, call (215) 574-3550 or visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
Hedgerow Theatre: “A Christmas Carol” is presented once again at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley. For tickets and performance times Dec. 4-27, call (610) 565-4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org.
Lantern Theater Company: A mystery begins with the return of a book 113 years overdue. “Underneath the Lintel” is performed through Dec. 6 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, call (215) 829-0395.
Rainbow Comedy Playhouse: Through Dec. 27, it’s the Christmas show “Good Night Mrs. Puffin.” Tickets range from $30-$55 and include meal, show, tips and tax. For reservations, call (800) 292-4301 or go to www.rainbowcomedy.com. Rainbow Comedy Playhouse is at 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise.

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