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Krista Apple-Hodge plays Elizabeth I in "Mary Stuart" from the Philadelphia Artists Collective. (Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)
Krista Apple-Hodge plays Elizabeth I in "Mary Stuart" from the Philadelphia Artists Collective. (Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

New This Week

Annapurna (Theatre Exile) In a squalid trailer, a crumbling poet and his ex rummage through 20 years of estrangement. Previews Thursday-April 22, opens April 23.

Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre) Ann Crumb is faded film diva Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's noir Hollywood musical. Previews Tuesday-Thursday, opens Friday.

The Train Driver (Lantern Theater Company) The Philadelphia premiere of Athol Fugard's play about guilt and redemption. In previews, opens Wednesday.

More coverage
  • 'Mary Stuart,' a splendid duel of queens
  • 'Ain't Misbehavin'': A foot-tapping, knee-slapping revival
  • 'Down Past Passyunk': Geno's Steaks' conflict


    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.).

    Ain't Misbehaving (Delaware Theatre Company) A time line of jazzman "Fats" Waller's career. Through April 27.

    Arsenic and Old Lace (Walnut Street Theatre) The nice ladies' boarders check in, but they don't check out in this farcical frolic. Through April 27. - T.Z.

    Buried Child (Iron Age Theatre) A good production of Sam Shepard's dated account of a farm family's twisted reunion. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

    Dear Elizabeth (People's Light and Theatre) Thirty years of correspondence between two literary luminaries doesn't dig quite deep enough. Through April 27. - J.R.

    Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq (Wilma Theater) Paula Vogel's latest is a powerful antiwar play, emotionally and intellectually challenging. It's terrific. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

    Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre) All around Nick Grillo's cheesesteak shop, Hispanics are moving in. He insists they "speak English." Through April 27.

    I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Prince Theater) Mark Nadler performs songs of the Weimar era. Ends Saturday.

    Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Bristol Riverside) Little plot but plenty of punch lines in this Neil Simon comedy set in the writers' room of a weekly variety show. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

    Mary Stuart (Philadelphia Artists Collective) If you have a taste for opulent costumes and for thrilling language delivered with passion and precision, don't miss this tale of two queens. Ends Saturday. - T.Z.

    Midsummer (a play with songs) (Inis Nua) An Edinburgh one-night stand leads to hangovers - and a weekend-long spree. Through April 26.

    Mourning Becomes Electra (Quintessence Theatre Group) An inventive, deeply serious production of O'Neill's resetting of The Oresteia as a trilogy about a corrupt family. Through April 27. - D.P.S.

    The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) Montgomery Theater) One plot sung five ways. Don't care for Rodgers and Hammerstein? Sondheim will be along soon. Through May 4.

    The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Walnut's Independence Studio) First a vulgar farce, then a grim working-class drama, then a tender musical, Little Voice is one surprising show. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

    Romeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) A tragic tale of love and death. Through May 18.

    Three Days of Rain (Quince Productions) Traveling back in time, secrets are revealed. Through April 26.

    Three Sisters (Arden Theatre) Terrence J. Nolen directs a new translation of Chekhov's play, with a well-acted staging that insinuates itself through the side door. Through next Sunday. - D.P.S.

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Philadelphia Theatre Co.) Christopher Durang's comedy is a mixed bag, but the PTC production hits bull's-eyes all around. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

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