April Theater Guide: What’s Opening On Stages This Month in Philadelphia

Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in April.



Looking for something else? We’ve compiled a good list of local events happening now through June in our Philadelphia Event Listings. Check it out here

Dr. Anonymous Opens in L.A. With All Kinds of Philly Connections

A masked TK at the 1972 American Psychiatric

A masked Dr. John E. Fryer at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association convention.

Tomorrow night psychiatrist, playwright and Penn graduate Guy Fredrick Glass will see his latest work, Dr. Anonymous, open at L.A.’s Zephyr Theatre. And, despite debuting clear across the country, the thing is bursting with one Philly connection after another.

The play is set in Philadelphia, and inspired by the moment when Temple professor Doctor John E. Fryer (aka Dr. Anonymous) stood in front of the 1972 American Psychiatric Association (APA) convention with a mask on his face and proclaimed that he was gay. His actions are what eventually led to the APA’s decision to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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7 Things to Do in Philly This Week:
BLEED, DJ Bloodfaceman, and Other Things to Get Your Juices Flowing



Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on this week through May.

Philly Playwright Shares Her Fourth Grade Journal in Dear Diary, Bye

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Playwright Ellie Brown at 9 years old.

For Philly playwright Ellie Brown, having her fourth grade diary not only discovered but read aloud is the stuff of dreams — and I’m not talking the horrifying “showing up to school in your underwear” variety. She’s happily sharing her pre-adolescent secrets with the world in her upcoming play, Dear Diary, Bye. And, as if that doesn’t already sound crazy enough, the dialogue will be performed by a 22-year-old man. Wha?!

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PHILADELPHIA THEATER GUIDE:
5 Shows You Should See in March

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New City’s Latest Thrusts Would-Be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Jr.
Into the Spotlight

Self-Portrait of a Madman: A Polaroid of John Hinkley used at trial. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Self-Portrait of a Madman: A Polaroid of John Hinckley used at trial.
Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

When John Hinckley Jr. pulled the trigger six times on March 30, 1981, he was trying to kill then-president Ronald Reagan. But his real motivation was fame. Ironically, since being found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982, Hinckley has faded from public view. But now a new play from Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle thrusts the would-be assassin into the spotlight.

The show, which opens on March 6th at the Adrienne, is the first major creative endeavor to center solely on Hinckley, a schizophrenic who these days divides his time between a psychiatric hospital and his parents’ home in Virginia. Dayle began the project in 2007 as a graduate student at Villanova and resurrected it to close out New City Stage Company’s presidential-themed season.

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Japanese Actor Makoto Hirano Calls Lantern Theater’s Julius Caesar Racist

lantern theater julius caesar racist japanese

Lantern Theater Company is in the middle of a run of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar at St. Stephen’s Theater. The setting is medieval Japan.

The City Paper didn’t like it. Inquirer critic Toby Zinman wasn’t much of a fan, calling the show “intriguing and frustrating.” And now Philadelphia theater artist Makoto Hirano, a native of Japan and samurai descendant, has deemed the show “racist.” Read more »

Wilma WynTix Offers Big Theater,
Smaller Prices

For the next three seasons, the Wilma Theater will offer its regular productions at a deeply discounted rate — $25 standard, $10 for students — in a bold initiative to broaden their audience. That’s some extra cash to spend on pre-theater dining, maybe a few extra pennies in the “new opera glasses” fund.  More importantly, the theater hopes its WynTix initiative will create a more diverse and accessible theater, with an audience that reflects a greater portion of the Philadelphia populace.

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to ticket@phillymag.com


Thursday 4/23

WOMEN: Young Women’s Initiative Preview Party
6 p.m., North Bowl Lounge, 909 North 2nd Street

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


Saturday 4/26

FILM: Edie and Thea: A Very Long Enagement
2 p.m., Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street

CHARITY: Spring Fling Bingo
7 p.m., UUc, 401 North Kings Highway

FESTIVAL: Spring Oktoberfest
6 p.m., The Cannstatter, 9130 Academy Road


Sunday 4/27

Tour: East Meets West Over Tea (Ceremony and Tour)
1 p.m., Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Fairmount Park


Monday 4/28

CHARITY: Spark: Sugar Rush
6:30 p.m., Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street


Thursday 5/1

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 


Friday 5/2

SOCIAL: Young Friends Part at Spring at the Mansion
8 p.m., $70, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CONCERT: Matt Pond, PA
8 p.m. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

ART: Print // Line Opening Reception
6 p.m., Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street

VARIETY: Peek-A-Boo Revue’s 16th Birthday Show
8 p.m., The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street


Saturday 5/3

FESTIVAL: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
12 p.m., Walnut Street, Broad to 19th Streets

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CHARITY: Blingo to CureDuchenne
7:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 201 South Columbus Boulevard

ART: Celebration of the Feminine Exhibit
1 p.m., Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Commons Avenue

CONCERT: Spotlight on Award-Winning Students Free Gala Concert
7 p.m., Radnor Middle School Auditorium, 150 Louella Avenue


Tuesday 5/6

CHARITY: Pennsylvania Innocence Project 5th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m., Kimmel Center Perelman Theater, 1500 Walnut Street


Wednesday 5/7

CHARITY: A Night of Broadway Stars: Celebrating 15 Years of Service to Homeless Youth
5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 


Thursday 5/8

ART: PAFA Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party
4 p.m., PAPA, 128 North Broad Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

DANCE: Director’s Choice “Mixed Bill” at PA Ballet
7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street


Friday 5/9

LGBT: Fifth Annual David Acosta Revolutionary Leader Award
6 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

COMEDY: Todd Barry
7 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street


 Saturday 5/10

FOOD: Wine + Food Festival
5 p.m. (VIP), 6:30 p.m. (general tasting), Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

PARTY: Hawthornes 5th Annual Block Party
12 p.m., Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 South 11th Street


Sunday 5/18

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont


Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

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