New This Week Asking for It (Simpatico Theatre Company) Adrienne Truscott's one-woman comedy takes on "rape discourse" - the jokes, the lore, the politics. In previews, opens Wednesday.
An estimated 40,000 cold-cases remain unsolved in the United States, usually forgotten by all but a few detectives. Half of those cold-cases are the victims of violent crimes. The others are suicides and accident victims.
It cannot be a simple task, adapting Charles Dickens' Great Expectations for the stage, but playwright Gale Childs Daly gave it a go. A few nips and tucks later, the Arden Theatre Company's new production brings bright, young Pip, dismal Miss Havisham, and her ice-cold adopted daughter Estella (along with more than 30 others) to life with a six-person cast and minimal props.
Suffering Chinese prisoners. Art in social politics. Fraudulent, self-aggrandizing claims by performers like Mike Daisy. All these flammable topics are right up InterAct Theatre Company's alley, right? They're the company that specializes in righteous indignation and intentional provocation.
Friday-Sunday Life and death When you have Gustav Mahler, you don't really need more. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in the great composer's monumental Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") with soloists Angela Meade, soprano, and Sarah
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville, NJ; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm.
Theater Professional/semi-professional Arcadia Award-winning Tom Stoppard play about the flawed interpretations of 2 researchers investigating a particular historical event. Closes 11/9. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $22-$39; $10-$29 students.
In just a few years, between 1915 and 1917, Paul Strand took many of the pictures for which, nearly a century later, he is celebrated as a pioneer of the art of photography.