The Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest, is just one of more than 130 theaters in Philadelphia producing extremely high-quality work all year round. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season in Philadelphia is to take in one of the amazing theatrical performances running throughout the winter months.
Philadelphia is home to more than 130 theaters, a fact few visitors or even locals are aware of. Expand your artistic horizons this season (what else are the holidays about than warmth of spirit?) with one of the many holiday-related theater shows on stage.
Our top picks, below:
• 1812 Productions’ This Is The Week That Is: Every holiday season for six years running, the completely hilarious 1812 Productions (they’re basically Philly’s own SNL troupe) presents their recap of the year, called This Is The Week That Is. The show features both rehearsed segments and portions that are re-written on the fly to reflect the most current events. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, through December 31.
• Theatre Horizons’ Voices Of Christmas: Escape the cold weather for a warm evening of musical storytelling with the songs of John Lennon, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson and many others. The Centre Theatre, 208 DeKalb Street, Norristown, through December 31.
• The WaitStaff’s Real Housewives of South Philly Occupy Christmas: The WaitStaff Sketch Comedy Troupe is serving up an evening of hilarious, irreverent, fast-paced sketch comedy for the holidays. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Tuesday, December 20.
• Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theatre: You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long adaptation of the Christmas classic, which uses original and traditional songs alike. 825 Walnut Street, through December 21.
• Flashpoint Theatre Company’s The Santaland Diaries: David Sedaris’ Crumpet the elf ramps up your holiday season in the only heartwarming and hysterical way he knows how… by threatening your children. This 100% hysterical one-man show is a holiday favorite year after year. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, through December 18.
• Hedgerow Theatre’s A Dickens Christmas: Jared Reed returns with his critically acclaimed tour de force as Charles Dickens giving a public reading of A Christmas Carol. 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, through December 24.
• B. Someday Productions’ Un Viaje: A Christmas Journey: This year’s show is a bi-lingual, Spanish/English celebration of Latino and America holiday stories and traditions. It’s a fast-paced, family-friendly celebration of both the Santa Claus and The Three Kings holiday traditions. And as always, with B. Someday’s Family Theatre Series, there will be loads of audience interaction for everyone, young and old. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue, through December 30.
• Act II Playhouse’s Laughing All The Way: Laughing All the Way is a brand new holiday show for all ages. Tony Braithwaite hosts an evening of comedy skits and songs, including live interaction with kids reading their prize-winning funny letters to Santa, local headlining performer, and nightly holiday-themed improvisation based on audience suggestions. 56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler, through December 31.