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New and Noteworthy: Theater

Tony Braithwaite and Tracie Higgins star in "Hotel Suite" at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, through March 23.
Tony Braithwaite and Tracie Higgins star in "Hotel Suite" at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, through March 23. BILL D'AGOSTINO

New This Week

Cirkopolis (Merriam Theater) An office worker pierces the industrial gloom with a fantasy of circus, dance, acrobatics and theater. Opens Tuesday.

Arsenic and Old Lace (Walnut Street Theatre) Those sweet maiden ladies' boarders check in, but they don't check out. Previews Tuesday-April 18, opens April 19.



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.).

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. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre Horizon) Annie Baker's meditation on communication and connection via acting classes shines, thanks to a fantastic, beautifully directed cast. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

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. Ends Saturday. - 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. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

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. Through March 30.

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 next Sunday. - T.Z.

The Mystery of Irma Vep (Hedgerow Theatre Company) Charles Ludlam's oft-produced tribute to vampires and other horrific characters doesn't benefit from an underdone production. Through April 6. - W.R.

Next to Normal (Eagle Theatre) A family struggles with mental illness in this award-winning musical. Through March 29.

Pride and Prejudice (People's Light and Theatre) A spot-on cast and imaginative choreography illuminate the best rom-com of all. Through March 30. - D.P.S.

Skin and Bone (Azuka Theatre) Two aging sisters and their doomed B&B face a challenge in Jacqueline Goldfinger's new play. Through March 23.

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

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


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