New and Noteworthy: Theater
New This Week
The 39 Steps (Theatre Horizon) Four actors play more than 150 characters in this maniacal musical whodunit. In previews, opens Thursday.
Altar Boyz (11th Hour) Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham praise the Lord in concert. They dance, too! In previews, opens Monday.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Walnut Street Theatre) J. Pierrepont Finch shows you how it's done in this Tony winner. In previews, opens Wednesday.
The Real Thing (Wilma Theater) Marriage and adultery, facts and artifice - Stoppard at his best. Previews Wednesday-May 27, opens May 28.
Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.), Toby Zinman (T.Z.).
Read complete reviews at www.inquirer.com/theater.
Brainpeople (Luna Theater Company) Welcome to a very strange dinner party - with a very big catch. Ends Saturday.
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (Arden Theatre) Great fun that is funny! Through June 22.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Walnut's Independence Studio) A charming musical examination of relationship ins and outs. Through June 29. - J.R.
In a Dark Dark House (Simpatico Theatre Project) Brothers wrestle with an event in their past in this Neil LaBute play, highlighted by a great Allen Radway performance. Through June 1. - W.R.
Little Shop of Horrors (Bristol Riverside Theatre) Audrey II is hungry in a dandy production of this popular musical. Through June 8. - W.R.
Man of La Mancha (Act II Playhouse) Still dreaming the impossible dream, but on a scale too small. Through next Sunday. - J.B.
Oedipussy (Curio Theatre Company) This twisted comedy take on the classic Greek tale is hilarious and weirdly touching. Through Saturday. - W.R.
Romeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) It has some problems, but when this production succeeds, everything else becomes background noise. Ends Sunday. - 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 plays faded film diva Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's noir musical. Ends Sunday.
This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The perennial favorite news riff is back - with more music and some great moments. Through June 1.
Tigers Be Still (Azuka Theatre) Life for Sherry - and everyone else in this delightful comedy - is SO not perfect. Through next Sunday. - J.R.
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie (People's Light & Theatre Company) Warm and loving sing-along of his best. Through next Sunday. - J.R.