3. Enchantment, PETER RABBIT TALES, Peter meets Mr. McGregor, pto MGarvin

PETER RABBIT TALES (Enchantment): Enchanting world-class children’s theater

An original adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s stories is told through expressive movement, music, and voice-over narration, with colorful costumes, masks, and puppetry.

Richard Shoberg and Catherine Russell in PERFECT CRIME (Photo credit: Courtesy of DDPR)

[NYC] PERFECT CRIME (Armand Hyatt): A conundrum of a play

New York’s longest running play is a convoluted whodunit, filled with twists and turns that would confuse even the most seasoned detective.

Chris Davis and Anthony J. Wilkinson in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN MIDLIFE CRISIS (Photo credit: Rick Stockwell)

[NYC] MY BIG GAY ITALIAN MIDLIFE CRISIS (Bianco Productions): The side-splitting saga continues!

The third in Anthony J. Wilkinson’s Off-Broadway trilogy takes a personal look at what it means to be middle-aged, gay, and Italian, with over-the-top humor and heartwarming sensitivity.

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HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden): The sweet rewards of hope, understanding, and kindness

A world-premiere stage adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s 19th-century children’s story delivers a clear message about the importance of kindness and understanding.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (CTC): A post-modern musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com

An updated musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com brings current import to the battle of the sexes and coming of age in post-modern times.

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812): The tenth anniversary of an annual favorite

This year’s installment of the annual politically-incorrect political comedy skewers the presidential candidates and brings some welcome laughs to a troubled week

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (PTC): A wacky spoof on a classic novel

An entertaining spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian classic injects humor and surprises into the well-known mystery.

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS (THE LATER YEARS): A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): The triumphant return of a holiday favorite

The annual panto returns with a wacky take on Alexandre Dumas’ beloved adventure story of 17th-century France.

Craig Mulhern Jr. and Lyn Philistine in A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Walnut Street Theatre (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (Walnut): Recollections of an unforgettable holiday

The Philadelphia debut of a popular musical is filled with humor, wonderment, and sentimental recollections of a child’s Christmas in 1940 Indiana.

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[book review] THE PHILADELPHIA CONNECTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH PLAYWRIGHTS, by B.J. Burton

Interviews with fifteen of Philadelphia’s noted contemporary playwrights give insights into the city’s flourishing theater community.

1. MERLIN AND WART, Steve Wei, Andrew Blasenak, photo KStackhouse

MERLIN AND WART (Kevin Stackhouse): Theater in the service of social reform

An intensely disturbing and impactful new play imagines the horrendous neglect and abuse suffered by two severely ill patients at Byberry Mental Hospital on the day of its closing in 1987.

1. Eagle, BONNIE AND CLYDE, MGriffin-Smith, SPavia, phto CMiller

BONNIE & CLYDE (Eagle): The passions and hardships of folk-hero outlaws

A dramatic, funny, and sympathetic portrayal of the infamous lovers and their crime spree during the Great Depression is set to music with a southern twang.

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[NYC] KING CHARLES III (Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Almeida Theatre): A savvy foray into future history

A future history play, evocative of Shakespeare, imagines political intrigue, public crises, and personal dilemmas within Britain and the royal family following Prince Charles’s ascension to the throne.

IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING features Andrew Carroll, Jennifer MacMillan, and David Stanger as chimps in “Words, Words, Words” (Photo credit: Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

ALL IN THE TIMING (IRC): Six fast and funny existentialist shorts

A collection of six short one-act comedies address the existentialist dilemma and pose the ubiquitous question, “What if?”

Hannah Van Sciver is The Poet (written by Schnitzler as a male role) in Brenna Geffers’ deconstruction of LA RONDE (Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artists)

LA RONDE (Brenna Geffers): Moving around and switching around Schnitzler

A new site-specific re-envisioning of Schnitzler’s 19th-century play brings post-modern import to his now-historic examination of socio-sexual mores.

1. Mechanical, THE MADNESS OF POE, NBoyle, phto ESingel

THE MADNESS OF POE (Mechanical): A spellbinding production for the Halloween season

An original and inventive adaptation of Poe interweaves stories by the Master of the Macabre within the period rooms of Historic Strawberry Mansion.

Kevin Rodden, Kirsten Quinn, Gina Martino, Ethan Lipkin, and Dexter Anderson

in IHT’s JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK 
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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK (IHT): A tragi-comic call for personal responsibility and peace in troubled times

The second installment in playwright Sean O’Casey’s tragi-comic “Dublin Trilogy” traces the misfortunes of a struggling Irish family during the Irish Civil War.

Scott Greer and Amanda Schoonover  in Bruce Graham's RIZZO from Theatre Exile. 
Photo by Paola Nogueras.

RIZZO (Theatre Exile): A big hit on the “Big Bambino”

A world-premiere production on former Mayor Frank Rizzo portrays the good and the bad of the controversial Philadelphia icon.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph at a student meet and greet for Opera Philadelphia’s We Shall Not Be Moved (Photo credit: Philip Todd)

Opera Is Now Open: Opera Philadelphia Unveils its Plans for O17

Opera Philadelphia announces its new cutting-edge direction with a twelve-day urban opera festival that will debut in September 2017.

Teri Lamm and Mary Elizabeth Scallen in AUCTIONING THE AINSLEYS at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

AUCTIONING THE AINSLEYS (People’s Light): Familial dysfunction, memory, and the significance of objects

Laura Schellhardt’s foray into the Pop psychology of familial dysfunction and the significance of personal possessions is given its regional premiere.