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New and Noteworthy: Theater

"The Real Thing": Dan Hodge and Suzy Jane Hunt. Alexander Iziliaev
"The Real Thing": Dan Hodge and Suzy Jane Hunt. Alexander Iziliaev

New This Week

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theatre Company) The president's widow lies dying, cared for by slaves who will become free the moment she dies. Previews Wednesday-Friday, opens Saturday.

The Toughest Boy in Philadelphia (Iron Age Theatre) Irish mobster Jack has a secret. Preview Thursday, opens Friday.

Unconstitutional (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Colin Quinn plays fast and loose with our foundational document in this one-man show. Preview Friday, opens Saturday.

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    Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and 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. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

    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 July 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.

    Incorruptible (Arden Theatre) When a monastery falls on hard times, a Dark Ages con man comes up with just the solution. Great script, great cast, destination theater. Through June 22. - W.R.

    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 in rom-com mode, at home on the Wilma's welcoming stage. Through June 22. - T.Z.

    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 this fizzy, funny (if a bit shouty) production. Through June 22. - W.R.

    The Screwtape Letters (Lantern Theater Company) Senior demon Screwtape attempts to teach protege Wormwood the refinements of temptation in this thrilling, chilling adaptation. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

    Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (Plays & Players) Eric Scotolati tackles Eric Bogosian's frenetic, funny clutch of '80s-era monologues. Through June 21.

    The Wizard of Oz (Academy of Music) A new lively, entertaining re-creation of the much-loved story for the musical stage, with songs old (the movie) and new (Andrew Lloyd Webber). Ends Sunday. - J.R.

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