Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" gives Chekhov a vigorous twist at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" gives Chekhov a vigorous twist at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" gives Chekhov a vigorous twist at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Gallery: Do This!

Friday

Church music

Conductor Valentin Radu leads the Ama Deus Ensemble in Mozart's Requiem and the 1842 Paris version of Rossini's Stabat Mater, with soloists Julie-Anne Green, soprano, Jody Kidwell, mezzo, Timothy Bentch, tenor, and Justin Ryan, bass, at St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. Information: 610-688-2800 or www.VoxAmaDeus.org.

Friday-Sunday

Sisters, brother, and boyfriend

One of our most gifted comic playwrights, Christopher Durang, has a zany take on Chekhov in his Tony-winning 2012 gem Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In Durang's vision, siblings trying to hold onto an ancestral cherry orchard in Bucks County find their lives upended by the arrival of their movie star sister and her latest boy toy. The Philadelphia Theatre Company's production goes on at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25 to $59. Information: 215-985-0420 or philadelphiatheatrecompnay.org.

Friday-Saturday

Dance quartet

The estimable troupe Philadanco performs works by choreographers Ulysses Dove, Rennie Harris, Gene Hill Sagan, and Donald Byrd at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $29 to $46. Information: 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org.

Saturday

Spring in bloom

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum? Besides the gorgeous flowering trees (35 varieties!), you can take in a Zen archery demonstration, a kimono lesson, and a picnic tea. It's at the arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Time: 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: $16; $14 seniors; $8 ages 3 to 17; under 3 free. Information: 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org.

Saturday

Girls' lives

Nisha Pahuja's 2012 documentary The World Before Her looks at young women undergoing indoctrination in two very different venues - one group preparing for the Miss India beauty pageant and the other training with a nationalist Hindu group. The film screens at the Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. Time: 11 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 215-567-7710.

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