New and Noteworthy: Theater

Ezra Knight (right) and Garrett Lee Hendricks in the Delaware Theatre Company's production of "Playing the Assassin."

New This Week

Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical (Eagle Theatre) The thrill-seeking Depression-era duo sing their way down a criminal spiral to inevitable disaster. Opens Nov. 6.

Lights Rise on Grace (Azuka Theatre) Three people are entangled by issues of love, incarceration and sexuality. Previews Wednesday-Friday, opens Saturday.

Mountain (Bristol Riverside Theatre) William O. Douglas - Supreme Court justice, SEC chairman, civil rights champion - reflects on a not-all-good life as he lies dying. Previews Tuesday and Wednesday, opens Thursday.

Underneath the Lintel (Lantern Theater Company) A book overdue for 113 years finally is returned, and the librarian sets out to collect the fine. Previews Thursday-Nov. 10, opens Nov. 11.

Watership Down (Simpatico Theatre Project) A brave troupe of endangered rabbits sets off to find a new home in this adaptation of Richard Adams' novel. Previews Wednesday- Friday, opens Saturday.


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

All in the Timing (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium) From David Ives, six short thinking person's comedies articulated by this fantastic little production. Through Nov. 7. - J.R.

Animal Farm (Luna Theater Company) George Orwell's totalitarian-barnyard classic, with an all-women cast. They're great, but why all women? Ends Saturday. - J.R.

Antigone (Wilma Theater) Director Theodoros Terzopoulos' production brings together modern theater techniques in a pungent, fluid, possibly life-changing mixture. Through next Sunday. - D.P.S.

Auctioning the Ainsleys (People's Light) A longtime family of auctioneers finds itself at the other end of the process in this artful dark comedy. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Brigadoon (Broadway Theatre of Pitman) Lerner and Loewe's misty, wondrous musical about two time travelers and a mysterious Scottish town. Through Nov. 22.

Bullets Over Broadway (Academy of Music) A show-biz caper with laughs by Woody Allen and choreography by Susan Stroman. Ends Sunday

Disgraced (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Ayad Akhtar's smart, brutal Pulitzer-winning drama is all about how nothing is quite what it seems. Through next Sunday. - W.R.

Dracula (Hedgerow Theatre) Adapted from Bram Stoker's gothic novel in 1924, Dracula probes the darkest corners of humanity. Through Nov. 22.

Equivocation (Arden Theatre Company) Bill Cain weaves a a fascinating, funny, and terrifying Jacobean world of intrigue and intellectual entrapment, which the cast makes even better. Through Dec. 13. - W.R.

The Fox on the Fairway (Act II Playhouse) Another farce from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), this one about dueling country clubs. Through Nov. 22.

Gypsy (Media Theatre) Gypsy turns 60 soon, but this electrifying production proves the old girl hasn't aged a bit. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

The Handmaid's Tale (Curio Theatre Company) Beautiful staging and Isa St. Clair's gripping performance illuminate this story of subjugation in a Christian theocracy, adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel. Through Nov. 14. - W.R.

Lafferty's Wake (Society Hill Playhouse) Charlie Lafferty's (still) dead, and you're invited to join the memorializing, storytelling, singing, and imbibing at his favorite pub. Through Dec. 20.

The Mandrake (Quintessence Theatre Group) A slightly cartoonish tone mars this lusty comedy, but ultimately the skilled cast humanizes it. Through next Sunday. - D.P.S.

Menopause the Musical (Penn's Landing Playhouse) To classic tunes from the '60s and '70s, four women of a certain age bond over the one thing they share. Through Nov. 22.

Metamorphoses (Arden Theatre) Dazzling stagecraft (a pool!), a charming (often wet) cast, and knockout costumes all enhance this magical production of Ovid's mythical retellings. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

Playing the Assassin (Delaware Theatre Company) An over-the-hill football player must confront the career-defining violence of his past in a riveting production of this brutal gridiron play. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Rizzo (Theatre Exile) Bruce Graham fashions a complex figure, larger than life (and if the role wasn't written for Scott Greer, it might as well have been) and riddled with contradictions. Through next Sunday. 8. - W.R.

Romeo and Juliet (Quintessence) A tremendous cast yields one vigorous, buoyant scene after another, even if they appear like pearls on a tangled string, connected by the text if not always the production. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Shipwrecked (Walnut on 3) The subtitle, "The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)," says it all about this delightful production full of charming performances. Ends Saturday. - T.Z.

The Taming of the Shrew (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) The fine cast telling this tricky tale of submission could have used a bit more directorial hand to sort out the issues. Ends Sunday. - W.R.