Thursday, July 31, 2014
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New and Noteworthy: Theater

"Incorruptible," at the Arden Theatre stars Michael Doherty (foreground), Sam Sherburne (standing), Ian Merrill Peakes, Mary Martello, and Paul L. Nolan.
"Incorruptible," at the Arden Theatre stars Michael Doherty (foreground), Sam Sherburne (standing), Ian Merrill Peakes, Mary Martello, and Paul L. Nolan. MARK GARVIN

New This Week

Ritu Comes Home (InterAct Theatre Company) The couple whose charitable 80 cents a day support a Bangladeshi orphan suddenly find her on their doorstep. In previews, opens Wednesday.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (Plays & Players) Eric Scotolati tackles Eric Bogosian's frenetic, funny clutch of '80s-era monologues. Previews Thursday and Friday, opens Saturday.

The Wizard of Oz (Academy of Music) A new re-creation of the much-loved story for the musical stage, with songs old (the movie) and new (Andrew Lloyd Webber). Runs Tuesday through next Sunday.



Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.), Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

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The 39 Steps (Theatre Horizon) Clever staging and a great cast of four - playing more than 150 characters - animate this maniacal musical whodunit. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Altar Boyz (11th Hour) Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham bring high-volume enthusiasm to their boy-band proselytizing, but not enough to save this dated enterprise. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Arden Theatre) Great fun that is funny! Through June 22.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Walnut Street Theatre) J. Pierrepont Finch shows you how it's done in a pleasant production of this Tony winner. Through June 13.- T.Z.

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. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

Incorruptible (Arden Theatre) When a monastery falls on hard times, a Dark Ages con man comes up with just the solution. Through June 22.

Little Shop of Horrors (Bristol Riverside Theatre) Audrey II is hungry in a dandy production of this popular musical. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

The Real Thing (Wilma Theater) Marriage and adultery, facts and artifice - Tom Stoppard at his best. Through June 22.

The Screwtape Letters (Lantern Theater Company) Senior demon Screwtape attempts to teach protege Wormwood the refinements of temptation. Through June 15.

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

This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The perennial favorite news riff is back - with more music and some great moments. Ends Sunday. - D.P.S.


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