New and Noteworthy: Theater

Kimber Sprawl in "Memphis," Tony-winning musical about DJ Dewey Phillips, at Walnut Street Theatre. (Mark Garvin)

New This Week

Closer Than Ever (Mezappa Productions). Dialogue-free, this musical is just one great Maltby & Shire song after another. Preview Wednesday, opens Thursday.

Defending the Cave Man (Penn's Landing Playhouse). Men and women have been trying to figure each other out for a very long time. Opens Thursday.

Miss Saigon (Broadway Theatre of Pitman). Madame Butterfly updated to Vietnam. Opens Friday.

No Sex Please, We're British (Hedgerow). There's a reason this farce - too complicated to synopsize - ran for eight years in London. Previews Thursday and Friday, opens Saturday.

On Golden Pond (Bucks County Playhouse). Norman and Ethel, at their longtime summer home, find small joys and confront big issues. Keir Dullea stars. Opens Friday.


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

Bitter Homes and Gardens (Bearded Ladies Cabaret). A botanical hoedown in the great outdoors. Through July 19.

I Hate Hamlet (Montgomery Theater). This zany production shows that Paul Rudnick's bizarre and quirky play from 1991 about washed-up TV and movie actors doing Shakespeare can still score consistent laughs. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Memphis (Walnut Street Theatre). This musically sensational Tony-winning show based on the life of Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s, makes a mess of the facts. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Moon Man Walk (Orbiter 3 at the Prince). Monarch comes home to Philly to bury his mother and is illuminated along the way. Through July 19.