Friday, December 26, 2014

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Jabari Brisport (left), David Ingram, and Greg Wood in "Bach at Leipzig" at People´s Light. (Mark Garvin)
Jabari Brisport (left), David Ingram, and Greg Wood in "Bach at Leipzig" at People's Light. (Mark Garvin)

New and Noteworthy: Theater New This Week

A Chorus Line (Broadway Theatre of Pitman) The Tony-winning panoply of dancers and their dreams. Opens Friday.



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

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

    The Book of Mormon (Forrest Theatre) Hello! Those chipper Mormon elders finally bring their Tony-winning message to Philadelphia, satirizing both their quirky religion and lots of big-Broadway-show tropes. Through Sept. 14. - T.Z.

    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.

    The Glass Menagerie (Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company) The summer traveling company settles in at Off Broad Street Theatre with Tennessee Williams' poignant drama. Through Aug. 24.

    Love's Labour's Lost (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) OK guys, king's orders, no women for three years. But oops - here comes a flock of fair French ladies. What to do? The splendid cast and sprightly direction answer delightfully. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

    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 next Sunday.

    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). Ends Sunday. - D.P.S.


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