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New and Noteworthy: Theater

"Ain´t Misbehavin´ " is at Delaware Theatre Company, directed by cocreator Richard Maltby Jr. (Mobius New Media, Inc.)
"Ain't Misbehavin' " is at Delaware Theatre Company, directed by cocreator Richard Maltby Jr. (Mobius New Media, Inc.)

New This Week

8 Stops (Kimmel Center Innovation Studio) First fruits of the Kimmel's theater residency program, Deb Margolin's solo comedy addresses life and time. Preview Thursday, opens Friday.

Annapurna (Theatre Exile) In a squalid trailer, a crumbling poet and his ex rummage through 20 years of estrangement. In previews, opens Wednesday.

Glengarry Glen Ross (Eagle Theatre) Four real estate agents in a frenzy to survive. Opens Friday.

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  • Fugard vents scattershot rage in 'The Train Driver'
  • Oedipussy (Curio Theatre Company) Spymonkey's twisted-comedy take on the classic Greek tale of a seriously dysfunctional family. Previews Thursday-May 1, opens May 2.

    Sense and Sensibility (Hedgerow Theatre) John Jory is back with another adaptation of a Jane Austen sister story. Preview Thursday, opens Friday.

    This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The perennial favorite news riff is back - with music! Previews Thursday-April 29, opens April 30.

     

    Continuing

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

    Ain't Misbehaving (Delaware Theatre Company) Don't miss this foot-tapping, knee-slapping, neck-breaking (from laughter) revival, directed by its legendary cocreator, Richard Maltby Jr. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

    Arsenic and Old Lace (Walnut Street Theatre) The nice ladies' boarders check in, but they don't check out in this farcical frolic. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

    Dear Elizabeth (People's Light and Theatre) Thirty years of correspondence between two literary luminaries doesn't dig quite deep enough. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

    Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq (Wilma Theater) Paula Vogel's latest is a powerful antiwar play, emotionally and intellectually challenging. It's terrific. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

    Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre) Is there a better way to write about time passing than to chart the changes in a neighborhood: Italian, Hispanic, gentrifying yuppies? A. Zell Williams' engrossing new play does the job. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

    Midsummer (a play with songs) (Inis Nua) This sly, fantastical production transforms the rom-com genre from the story of a one-night stand into an epic adventure across Edinburgh. Ends Saturday. - J.R.

    Mourning Becomes Electra (Quintessence Theatre Group) An inventive, deeply serious production of O'Neill's resetting of The Oresteia as a trilogy about a corrupt family. Through next Sunday. - D.P.S.

    The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Montgomery Theater) There's so much to like about this silly spoof, with its energetic, flexible cast and indefatigable on-stage pianist. Through May 4. - W.R.

    Romeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) It has some real design problems, but when this production succeeds, everything else becomes background noise. Through May 18. - W.R.

    Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre) Ann Crumb is faded film diva Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's noir Hollywood musical. Through May 18.

    Three Days of Rain (Quince Productions) A captivating script about generations of secrets gets an unbalanced production. Ends Saturday. - J.R.

    Three Sisters (Arden Theatre) Terrence J. Nolen directs a new translation of Chekhov's play, with a well-acted staging that insinuates itself through the side door. Ends Sunday. - D.P.S.

    The Train Driver (Lantern Theater Company) The Philadelphia premiere of Athol Fugard's play about guilt and redemption. Through May 4.

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Philadelphia Theatre Co.) Christopher Durang's comedy is a mixed bag, but the PTC production hits bull's-eyes all around. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

     

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