Act now to get good seats for January, February shows

Had your fill of prancing rodents, second-class angels and cranky Christmas Scrooges?

You're in luck. The glut of yuletide productions is nearly at an end, and a pair of regular ol' song-and-dance spectacles are fast approaching on that post-holiday horizon.

If your still on the lookout for some last minute Christmas gifts (and really, shame on you, Captain Procrastinator), maybe you could drop a few tickets in your loved ones' stockings.

The 'Cats' came back

Andrew Lloyd Webber's immortal production "Cats" details the epic saga of a wayward band of magical alley-dwelling felines. It premiered in London's West End a quarter century ago and has been perpetually performed ever since.

Boasting even more staying power than the nine-lived litter box lovers it's based upon, the musical opus has been now staged more than 23 trillion times, according to The National Institute of Statistics I Just Made Up.

But despite its enduring popularity, there are still those who've never seen it. So introduce a new generation to the tale of Mr. Mistoffelees, Skimbleshanks, Rum Tum Tugger and all the rest with the Theater of the Stars production of "Cats" at the Fabulous Fox from Jan. 15-20. Tickets range from $20 to $59 and can be purchased by calling 404-817-8700 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

A hot flash of brilliance

An Atlanta-originated production centered around a subject I could not possibly know less about, "Menopause: The Musical," is a comical look at "the change."

Spawned from the writings of Jeanie Linders, the 90-minute female empowerment masterpiece reworks the lyrics of popular tunes from the '60s and '70s to tell its story of four very different women dealing with common menopausal problems like hot flashes, night sweats and empty nest syndrome.

The musical is returning to Atlanta for a limited engagement at the 14th Street Playhouse beginning Feb. 22. Tickets are $42.50 and can be purchased by calling 404-733-4750 or visiting www.menopausethemusical.com.

'Twas three days before Christmas

But wait, you say you've still got room for one more holiday play? Come on, surely your children do.

If so, head to Aurora Theatre for "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," starring the Picadilly Puppets, which will be performed at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Tickets are $7. Tickets for the 10 a.m. showing are sold-out, but seats for the newly-added encore are still available. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.