PICK OF THE DAY
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” the most-produced play in the country, celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Pulitzer winner about life in 1901 Grover’s Corners, N.H., is staged by Obie winner David Cromer, who also plays the Stage Manager through Dec. 30. 8 p.m. (through Jan. 13). $25 and up, $25 ages 35 and younger, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org
Hippo holiday Santa might not get this request, but “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is on the program at Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Holiday Pops.” Conductor Steven Karidoyanes leads the orchestra in a concert suite from the score of “The Polar Express,” “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” narrated by WBZ Radio host Jordan Rich, and more. Kids are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the indoor parade “March of the Toys.” 8 p.m. (Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.). $20-$65. Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth.
Looking after each other George and Lennie are a lot like many of us who just want a piece of the American dream. The drifters in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” work on a ranch in Depression-era California and encounter challenges that threaten that dream. Presented by Moonbox Productions. 2 and 8 p.m. (through Dec. 22). $30, $25 students. Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston.
What’s new? Tony Williams’s “Urban Nutcracker” returns this year with its new Boston Urban Ballet Company, new costumes, new choreography, and more. Classic ballet, urban tap, hip-hop, swing, flamenco, step, jazz, traditional Chinese, and modern dance meet Tchaikovsky and Ellington in this celebration of diversity. 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 23). $20-$125. Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-572-9125. www.urbannutcracker.com
Dancing angels With their talented feet, Dance Currents presents “Angels Afoot” with cellist Peter Zay. Pieces include “Ressourcement” performed to Bach’s Cello Suite in D major, “Christmas Concerto,” and “Dawn.” Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. $18. Green Street Studios,
185 Green St., Cambridge. 617-965-1569. www.dancecurrentsinc.com
Don’t change the channel Steven Lipsitt, music director of the Boston Classical Orchestra, has said that he “tried to channel Nelson Riddle, Richard Hayman, and Arthur Fiedler” when he organized the Boston Classical Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert. Check out his family-friendly program of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and other selections. Dec. 9 at
3 p.m. $20-$75, free 12 and under. Faneuil Hall,
4 South Market Building, Boston. 866-811-4111. web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9737116
Feats of Clay He’s come a long way from “American Idol.” Clay Aiken played Sir Robin on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” wrote a New York Times best-selling memoir, was a runner-up on “Celebrity Apprentice,” is an ambassador for UNICEF, and started the National Inclusion Project to support children with disabilities. Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. $39-$50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com