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"Romeo and Juliet" from the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
"Romeo and Juliet" from the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

New This Week

Gint (EgoPo) Romulus Linney moved Ibsen's Peer Gynt from Norway to rural Kentucky. Previews Wednesday, Thursday, opens Friday.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Walnut's Independence Studio) Relationship ins and outs, set to music. Previews Tuesday, Wednesday, opens Thursday.

Man of La Mancha (Act II Playhouse) Still dreaming the impossible dream. Previews Tuesday-Friday, opens Saturday.

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  • Oedipussy (Curio Theatre Company) Spymonkey's twisted-comedy take on the classic Greek tale of a seriously dysfunctional family. In previews, opens Friday.

    This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The perennial favorite news riff is back - with music! 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.).

    Ain't Misbehavin' (Delaware Theatre Company) Don't miss this foot-tapping, knee-slapping, neck-breaking (from laughter) revival, directed by its legendary cocreator, Richard Maltby Jr. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

    Annapurna (Theatre Exile) In a squalid trailer, a crumbling poet and his ex rummage through 20 years of estrangement. Through May 11.

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

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

    Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre) Is there a better way to write about time passing than to chart the changes in a neighborhood: Italian, Hispanic, gentrifying yuppies? A. Zell Williams' engrossing new play does the job. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

    Glengarry Glen Ross (Eagle Theatre) Four real estate agents in a frenzy to survive. Through May 11.

    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. Ends Sunday. - D.P.S.

    The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Montgomery Theater) There's so much to like about this silly spoof, with its energetic, flexible cast and indefatigable on-stage pianist. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

    Romeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) It has some real design problems, but when this production succeeds, everything else becomes background noise. Through May 18. - W.R.

    Sense and Sensibility (Hedgerow Theatre) John Jory is back with another adaptation of a Jane Austen sister story. Through June 1.

    Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre) Ann Crumb is faded film diva Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's noir Hollywood musical. Through May 18.

    The Train Driver (Lantern Theater Company) Philadelphia premiere of Athol Fugard's play about guilt and redemption. Through next Sunday.

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