Monday, December 22, 2014

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New and Noteworthy: Theater

"9 To 5: The Musical": Dee Hoty, Amanda Rose, Amy Bodnar, and Paul Schoeffler star in the Walnut Street Theatre production. (Mark Garvin)
"9 To 5: The Musical": Dee Hoty, Amanda Rose, Amy Bodnar, and Paul Schoeffler star in the Walnut Street Theatre production. (Mark Garvin)

Fringe Festival

It begins, the annual mad mash-up of high, low, theater, dance, comedy, improv, classy, messy, inspiring, imponderable, unspeakable - Fringe 2014, newly divided into 11 high-end "Presented" productions the Fringe gods have invited to participate, and a scrum of 130-plus "Neighborhood" shows representing the richness of Philadelphia's arts ambitions. For schedules, show information and tickets, go to www.fringearts.com.

 

New This Week

9 to 5: The Musical (Walnut Street Theatre) Pity the poor working girl! Previews Tuesday-Sept. 8, opens Sept. 9.

Communicating Doors (Hedgerow Theatre) It's Alan Ayckbourne, so of course those hotel doors aren't just hotel doors - they're time machines! Previews Thursday and Friday, opens Saturday.

Rhinoceros (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium) It's Ionesco: A lone man refusing to, you know, be a rhino. Previews Tuesday-Thursday, opens Friday.

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Montgomery Theater) How a woman devoid of talent deluded her way to Carnegie Hall. Opens Wednesday.

 

Continuing

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

Read complete reviews at www.inquirer.com/theater

 

Ain't Misbehavin' (Bucks County Playhouse) Some off notes diminish the pleasures of this celebration of 1920s and 1930s Harlem club culture. Through next Sunday - J.R.

The Book of Mormon (Forrest Theatre) Hello! Those chipper Tony-winning Mormon missionaries get to Philadelphia in a satire both of religion and lots of big-Broadway-show tropes. Through Sept. 14. - T.Z.

Intimate Exchanges (1812 Productions) The audience gets to decide which direction this Alan Ayckbourne comedy should take. Through Sept. 21.

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