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

4 Things to Do Tonight in Philly: Weird Larry the Puppet, Trippy Japanese Theater and More

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Malvern, Pa. brothers Ben and Mike Lebovitz are premiering their TV pilot/short film Welcome to Brownsville this week at PhilaMOCA. The protagonist of the film is a puppet named Weird Larry, ”a registered sex offender who’s taunted into misadventures and epic musical numbers as he tries to escape to Thailand where he can freely be himself.” Before he makes it, though, he needs to get past a bunch of cops, racists, drug addicts and “monster scientists” who want to study his brain. Think Avenue Q, but even less kid-friendly. Catch the trailer here7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,tehmuppetz.com

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Top 5 Must-Dos This Week in Philly: An ’80s Dance Party, Grimm With a Twist and More

Every Monday we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead.totally wesome 80s party

Local artists Ellie Brown, Seth Reichgott and Arlen Hancock are throwing a party tonight at Quig’s Pub to raise funds for their production of Dear Diary, Bye. The play is based on a journal Brown kept in 1984, so they’re calling the shindig Totally Awesome ’80s Party and planning all kinds of  decade-specific shenanigans, like karaoke, dancing and even some ’80s-themed cocktails (Jack and Crystal Pepsi, perhaps?) Hancock will also perform a snippet of the show. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $15-$20,Quig’s Pub, 1714 Delancey Place.

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Theatre Exile Debuts “Cock”

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John Jarboe

Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe is taking a hiatus from the cabaret scene to co-star in Theatre Exile‘s latest, Cock, an intense, Oliver-winning drama written by Mike Bartlett that kicks off the company’s 17th season.

In it, Jarboe plays a man named M who finds out his boyfriend, John, has been sleeping around with a woman named W. Suddenly, caught in somewhat of a cockfight (hence the name), M and W light into John to make a decision between the two of them, but he doesn’t feel like he should have to. Claws come out. M, who Jarboe likens to a housewife from a 1950s movie, uses his expert manipulation tactics, enlisting his persuasive father, F,  to help him get back his man. W is sarcastic and vile, belittling John’s manhood by calling him names like “half-ass” when she doesn’t get her way.

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