Friday, December 19, 2014

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New and Noteworthy: Theater

Caroline Bowman stars as Eva Peron, with Josh Young as Che, in "Evita" at the Academy of Music. (Richard Termine)
Caroline Bowman stars as Eva Peron, with Josh Young as Che, in "Evita" at the Academy of Music. (Richard Termine)



Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

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  • Thousands flock to Manayunk Arts Fest

    A Thousand Clowns (Montgomery Theater) A writer's disdain for work imperils his custody of his nephew. Through July 13.

    Deathtrap (Bucks County Playhouse) Murder will out in Ira Levin's convoluted thriller. Through July 13.

    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Arden Theatre) Great fun that is funny! Ends Sunday.

    Evita (Academy of Music) Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical melodrama about the rise of Eva Peron to the top of the Argentinian heap. Ends Sunday.

    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 next Sunday. - 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. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

    The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theatre Company) This exceptional new work challenges in its indictment of America's original sin. Through next Sunday. - J.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. Ends Sunday. - 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. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

    Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (Plays & Players) Eric Scotolati tackles Eric Bogosian's frenetic, funny clutch of '80s-era monologues, edited a bit for contemporary sensibilities. Ends Saturday. - J.R.

    The Toughest Boy in Philadelphia (Iron Age Theatre) Great possibilities are unfulfilled in this play about an Irish mobster with a secret. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) This early comedy lays the Shakespeare groundwork - friends become rivals, girls dress as boys, etc. Through July 13.

    Unconstitutional (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Colin Quinn's hilarious, high-energy romp through American history uncovers the source of political bickering. Through July 6. - J.R.

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