Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Life, Life, Love

New and Noteworthy: Theater

Ian Bedford is Macbeth in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production. (Lee A. Butz)
Ian Bedford is Macbeth in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production. (Lee A. Butz)

New This Week

The Book of Mormon (Forrest Theatre) Hello! Those chipper Mormon elders finally bring their Tony-winning musical mesage to Philadelphia. Preview Tuesday, opens Wednesday.

Henry IV (Clark Park) Shakespeare in Clark Park presents its annual outdoor homage, this time getting serious with Henry IV's big battle scene. Opens Wednesday.



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

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Andy: A Popera (Bearded Ladies/Opera Philadelphia) The cabaret stage of this work in development will change nightly as it examines Warhol's life and the question "Is immortality worth dying for?" Ends Sunday.

Bach at Leipzig (People's Light and Theatre Company) Clever comedy pits six musicians in an 18th-century "American Idol." Through Aug. 10. - J.R.

Defending the Caveman (Penn's Landing Playhouse) Philly native Vince Valentine stages a one-man couples-therapy session on reconciling the differences between the sexes. Through Aug. 24.

Didn't Your Father Have This Talk With You? (Act II Playhouse) Tony Braithwaite relives the horrors of teaching high school boys sex ed. Through next Sunday.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Broadway Theatre of Pitman) Watch a class of parochial school kids grow from kindergarten to graduation. Through next Sunday.

Hamlet (Delaware Shakespeare Theatre) Something is still rotten in the state of Denmark - but it isn't this terrific production. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

Herringbone (Flashpoint Theater) All singing, all dancing, all acting - and all by one possessed guy, the unbelievably talented Ben Dibble. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Macbeth (Delaware Shakespeare Company) Ambition, witches, bloody doings all around. Through next Sunday.

The 39 Steps (Hedgerow Theatre) Four actors tackle 150 characters in this farcical take on Hitchcock's movie version of John Buchan's thriller. Through Aug. 17.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Bucks County Playhouse) Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play, Vanya is 95 percent playwright and star Christopher Durang, surrounded by an extremely well-cast ensemble (especially Deirdre Madigan as Sonia and Marilu Henner as Masha). Through Aug. 10. - D.P.S.

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