It’s beginning to look a lot like the happiest time of the year. Which brings us to this week’s top picks onstage, a little light entertainment for a holiday. Christmas Canteen is back at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville for a 24th season. The original revue resembles an old-time variety show, with songs, comic sketches, folksy humor and Christmas magic. It can get hokey, but it’s also totally joyous. Performances do sell out, so plan ahead.
The San Francisco Chronicle described The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley as the “highlight of the holiday season” when it was done there. Theatrical Outfit stages the Lauren Gunderson-Margot Melcon sequel to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which it did in 2017 and 2018. While the Miss Bennet plot unfolds upstairs, Pemberley’s servants navigate their own scandal down below, as a diligent housekeeper, an indomitable maid and a lovesick groomsman struggle to control the boorish Mr. Wickham. It previews tonight and November 29–30, and opens the evening of November 30.