New This Week
Faustus (Ethos Physical Theatre Company). Two-man acrobatic retelling of Marlowe’s tragedy of humanity and the limits of the possible. With masks, puppetry, and circus aerials. Ends Sunday.
Hair (11th Hour Theatre Company/Drake Theatre). Concert version of the hallowed 1960s musical. Friday through Sunday.
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (People’s Light, Malvern). World premiere. Dulé Hill (West Wing, Psych) stars as Cole on the last night of his 1950s TV show. With Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr. Wednesday through Dec. 3.
Paradise (Passage Theatre, Trenton). A Muslim American teenager and her disgraced biology teacher form an unlikely partnership to research first love. Through Oct. 22.
Reviewed by Tirdad Derakhshani (T.D.), Julia M. Klein (J.M.K.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), John Timpane (J.T.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).
Blithe Spirit (Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley). Noel Coward’s droll play of a threesome among a husband and two wives, one in this life, one in the next. Through Oct. 29.
Buyer and Cellar (1812 Productions, Plays & Players Theatre). Dito Van Reigersberg (as in Martha Graham Cracker) plays Alex, who takes a job in Barbra Streisand’s basement in Malibu. Here we go! Through Oct. 29.
Cabaret (Arden Theatre Company). Tuneful, stylish love triangle set in decadent 1931 Berlin. Sexy, sensuous, but oddly laid-back and loosey-goosey. Through Oct. 22. – T.D.
Carousel (Media Theatre). Innovative production of the dark Rodgers and Hammerstein classic set at a merry-go-round in Maine. Through Oct. 22.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Walnut Street Theatre). Big, vulgar, a little old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, with expert farceurs galore. Through Oct. 22. – J.T.
The Gin Game (Montgomery Theatre, Souderton). The enduringly popular 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner about a friendship at a nursing home. Ends Sunday.
Kinky Boots (Academy of Music). Gender, genre- and boot-bending musical of capitalism, identity, and party-minded goofiness. Jos N. Banks simply kills it as the drag queen Lola. Ends Sunday. – T.D.
Long Day’s Journey into Night (Quintessence Theatre Group/Sedgwick Theatre). Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical passion play. Through Oct. 22.
My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy (Penn’s Landing Playhouse). Brad Zimmerman’s comic tale of long-term (and we do mean long-term) perseverance in pursuit of an artistic dream. Through Nov. 19.
The Nerd (Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown). An architect is visited by a strange young man who just happens to save his life. Through Oct. 22.
Next to Normal (Resident Theatre Company, West Chester). Tony-winning musical about an American family whose lives are anything but normal. An outstanding cast; a profoundly moving evening of theater. Ends next Sunday. – J.M.K.
Outside Mullingar (Cape May Stage). John Patrick Shanley’s tale of Irish farmers, one shy, one amorous. Through Nov. 10.
Red Velvet (Lantern Theater Company). Anti-abolition riots rage in the streets of 19th-century London, and an African American actor prepares to play Othello. A powerful and intriguing production. Ends next Sunday. – T.Z.
The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope). Let’s do the Time Warp again! As seasonal as pumpkin spice. Friday through Oct. 29.
The Shape of Things (Eagle Theatre, Hammonton, N.J.) Neil Labute’s 2001 drama about four students and the romances among them. Ends next Sunday.
Shrek: The Musical (Broadway Theatre of Pitman, N.J.). The big green guy who’s unpopular with everyone except the entire noncartoon world. Ends Sunday.
Simpatico (McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton). Sam Shepard drama performed by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and A Red Orchid Theatre. Lacks Shepard’s trademark intensity. Ends next Sunday. – T.Z.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington). A musical based on the fiction of fantasy writer Ray Bradbury. Lackluster score but dazzling design. Through Oct. 18. – J.R.
Souvenir, A Fantasia of the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3). Philly’s own Florence sings! in an intimate space. Unexpectedly moving, with great performances. Ends next Sunday. – J.R.
The Swallowing Dark (Inis Nua/The Drake). Two refugees settle in Liverpool – and face threats to their asylum status. Through Oct. 22.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bristol Riverside Theatre). A musical about kids, words, parents, and competition. Sparkling production that makes you feel young and hopeful again. Ends next Sunday. – J.R.
2.5 Minute Ride (Theatre Horizon, Norristown). Lisa Kron’s bio-play about fathers, history, and a love of roller coasters.Through Oct. 29.
Wreck of the Spanish Armada (Aerodrome, Cape May Airport). Bill Sterritt’s love story/adventure. Friday-Sunday through mid-October.
A Year in the Trenches (East Lynne Theatre Company, Cape May). World premiere of a remembrance of World War I written for the the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war. Ends Saturday.
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