For Berks County, it’s “Home for the Holidays,” a romantic comedy written in the style of Neil Simon by the county’s own Landon Scott Heimbach, with Elizabeth McClain. Additional dialogue is by Cynthia Haynes DiSavino. The show opens tonight at 8 and runs through Sunday in the main ballroom of the Abraham Lincoln, a Wyndham hotel, in historic Reading.
Allison Blaine (Marissa Hoover) thought her life with Danny Goldstein (Mark Elliot) was perfect. That is until her Southern Baptist parents, Elaine Blaine (Laura Stewart) and Edward Blaine (John Fielding), arrive unannounced on Christmas Eve. Mad antics ensue with the Irish landlady (Cheryl Crummett), Danny’s brother, Jonah (Brian Miller), and his grandfather, Aaron (Mike Pardo).
The show is directed by Santo D. Marabella, assisted by Randy Miller.
For further info: readingcommunityplayers.com
A model railroad and train exhibit titled “All Aboard” rolls into Allentown beginning Saturday at 11:30 a.m., at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. Thomas the Tank Engine, along with his friend, Percy, will occupy the museum’s interactive Thomas Fun Room for children. The exhibit will run through Jan. 12, 2014.
For further info: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org
Allentown native Denise Donatelli opens Zoellner Arts Center’s first on-stage cabaret of the season on Friday with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. She will be accompanied by Geoffrey Keezer on piano.
Donatelli has recorded four albums, three of which have earned her Grammy nominations including best jazz vocal album and best arrangement accompanying a vocalist. She performs nationwide at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, arts centers and university jazz bands. She also has won singing spots on TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Frasier,” “Card Sharks,” and Turner Classic Movies.
For further info: zoellnerartscenter.org
Grammy Award-winner Elvis Costello takes the stage of the State Theatre in Easton on Saturday at 8 p.m. He’s released 32 studio albums since 1977, with his most recent album, “Wise Up Ghost,” released in September and as a collaboration with The Roots.
For further info: statetheatre.org