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Many Happy Returns: Trey Lyford wishes you HAPPY BIRTHDAY (1812 Productions)

Three married couples in a romp about infidelity who all have years of stage work and accolades to their names.

Alex Keiper and Dan Hodge in the Arden’s STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Arden): A sidesplitting and insightful reinvention of Chekhov

Aaron Posner’s hilarious reinvention of The Seagull captures all of Chekhov’s laughable characters, absurdities of life, and self-references to the theater from a 21st-century perspective.

Keith Hamilton Cobb as Julius Caesar and Spencer Plachy as Mark Antony. Photo by Lee A. Butz

JULIUS CAESAR (PA Shakespeare): A staging come to steal away your hearts

One must praise Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s CAESAR and do everything to keep it from being buried until the maximum number of people see Patrick Mulcahy’s intelligent, timely production.

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THE NETHER (InterAct): Lolita in Nether-land

Accompanying sketches by Aaron Krolikowski, thesketchbookreporter.com.

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HARVEY (Walnut): Burns slow, then hops right along

The story is a little dated, but that is part of its charm, like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

Bi Jean Ngo, Greg Wood, David Bradley Johnson in SHIPWRECKED! (Photo credit: Walnut Street Theatre)

SHIPWRECKED! (Walnut): A delight of theater

SHIPWRECKED! goes to the heart of storytelling. It doesn’t matter whether a tale is true or false as long as it engages and even thrills.

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HENRY V (PA Shakespeare): The king is but a man

While HENRY V contains two of Shakespeare’s most stirring speeches, smaller, less rhetorical moments are the more engrossing in Matt Pfeiffer’s staging for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Walnut): Ten little soldier boys having lots of fun

Agatha Christie has always been a theatrical guilty pleasure, like sitting down with a nice genre book or singing along to top 40

Daniel Fredrick, Sabrina Profitt and Buck Schirner in MICKLE STREET. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MICKLE STREET (Walnut): Whitman and Wilde meet and then they talk

Life imitates art far more than art imitates art.

Kathleen Wallace and Greg Wood in Noël Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

PRIVATE LIVES (Walnut): Who is being mocked?

PRIVATE LIVES, as written by Coward, is funny because it exposes the savagery that exists beneath the polished façade of the English upper class.

Danny Gardner as Johann Martin Steindorff in BACH AT LEIPZIG at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

BACH AT LEIPZIG (People’s Light): 60-second review

People’s Light & Theatre Company pairs Itamar Moses’s uber-witty historical farce BACH AT LEIPZIG with the zaniness of director Pete Pryor in a hilarious, intelligent production.