Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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New and Noteworthy: Theater

Carla Belver, Jeffrey Coon, and Elena Bossler (from left) in "Beautiful Boy" at Walnut Street Theatre´s Independence Studio on 3.
Carla Belver, Jeffrey Coon, and Elena Bossler (from left) in "Beautiful Boy" at Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3.

Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.), Toby Zinman (T.Z.) and Jim Rutter (J.R.).


New This Week

Hinckley (New City Stage) He was obsessed with Jodie Foster and tried to kill Ronald Reagan. A new play, part of New City's presidential season. Previews Thursday, Friday, opens Saturday.

Next to Normal (Eagle Theatre) A family struggles with mental illness in this award-winning musical. Opens Friday.

Skin and Bone (Azuka Theatre) Two aging sisters and their doomed B&B face a challenge in Jacqueline Goldfinger's new play. Previews Wednesday-Friday, opens Saturday.



Beautiful Boy (Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio) An exquisitely constructed, moving play about a man who searches for identity after his adoptive parents die. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre Horizon) A small-town drama class becomes the stage for some classic Annie Baker comedy. Through March 16.

Dancing at Lughnasa (Curio Theatre Company) A confident cast portrays the five unmarried Mundy sisters as they face poverty and dimming hopes for happiness in 1936 Donegal. Through March 15. - D.P.S.

The Exonerated (Delaware Theatre Company) This stirring production of the stories of six death-row inmates whose sentences were overturned may change your perceptions. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Hotel Suite (Act II Playhouse) This comic medley of one-act Neil Simon plays about marriage offers no new insights but is endearing and well-cast. Extended through March 23. - W.R.

Julius Caesar (Lantern Theater) Forrest McClendon heads the cast of this great Shakespeare tragedy. Set in medieval Japan, the production is both intriguing and frustrating. Through March 16. - T.Z.

Lady From the Sea (EgoPo Theatre Company) A lighthouse-keeper's daughter, now married in the mountains, faces a choice. Ends Sunday.

Mamma Mia (Academy of Music) It's ba-ack! Ends Sunday.

The Mystery of Irma Vep (Hedgerow Theatre Company) Charles Ludlam's ageless tribute to vampires and other horrific characters. Through April 6.

Ondine (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium) The natural world clashes with the world of man in this Giraudoux classic - an enchanting play about enchantment. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Other Desert Cities (Walnut Street Theatre) Spot-on set, great costumes, and a terrific cast keeps this family cauldron boiling. Ends Sunday. -W.R.

Pride and Prejudice (People's Light and Theatre) Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are at it again. Through March 30.

The Suit (Prince Music Theater) An unfaithful wife must endure her husband's imaginative punishment in this slight but touching South African musical play. Through Saturday. - T.Z.

Water By the Spoonful (Arden Theatre Company) Quiara Alegría Hudes draws on her Philadelphia roots for this story about people seeking connection. Through March 16.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (Media Theatre) A bachelorette party occasions a '60s songfest. Through March 30.

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