Saturday, August 30, 2014
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New and Noteworthy: Theater

"Pride and Prejudice" at People´s Light and Theatre: From left, Julianna Zinkel, Clare Mahoney, Jessica Bedford, and Becky Baumwoll.
"Pride and Prejudice" at People's Light and Theatre: From left, Julianna Zinkel, Clare Mahoney, Jessica Bedford, and Becky Baumwoll. MARK GARVIN

New This Week

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq (Wilma Theater) A soldier searches Philadelphia for his lost lover in the world premiere of this Paula Vogel play. In previews, opens Wednesday.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Walnut's Independence Studio) LIttle Voice can impersonate any great songstress - Garland, Bassey, Springfield - but all she wants is love and happiness. Previews Tuesday and Wednesday, opens Thursday.

Three Sisters (Arden Theatre) Terrence J. Nolen directs a new translation of this Chekhov masterpiece. In previews, opens Wednesday.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Speaking of Chekhov (Arden) and family reunions (Iron Age), Christopher Durang's take on both is hilarious. In previews, opens Wednesday.

 

Continuing

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.).

Arsenic and Old Lace (Walnut Street Theatre) Those sweet maiden ladies' boarders check in, but they don't check out. Through April 27.

Buried Child (Iron Age Theatre) Sam Shepard's Pulitzer-winning account of a Midwestern family reunion twisted by secrets. Opens Friday.

Hinckley (New City Stage) This new play, part of New City's presidential season, is a powerful portrait of self-delusion and megalomania. 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. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

Laughter on the 23d Floor (Bristol Riverside) In the writers' room for a weekly variety show, the laughs never stop. Through April 1.

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 strong cast and production lifts this award-winning musical about a family struggling with mental illness. Ends Saturday. - D.P.S.

The Phantom of the Opera (Academy of Music) The chandelier is better than ever in this revamped staging of the perennial favorite. Through April 12.

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

Skin and Bone (Azuka Theatre) Darkly funny, but slowed by slack patches, Jacqueline Goldfinger's Florida trilogy continues with this tale of two reclusive sisters. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

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

 

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