The Plough and the Stars is at the Annenberg Center. Photo by Ros Kavanagh
The Plough and the Stars @ Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre | October 13-16
Abbey Theatre’s revival of The Plough and the Stars, set during Ireland’s Easter Rising 100 years ago, stops in Philly as part of a limited U.S. tour. The play was first performed at the Abbey, Ireland’s national theater, in 1926. On Friday there’s a cast meet-and-greet after the performance.
Grounded @ InterAct Theatre Company at the Drake | Through October 23
Kittson O’Neill plays The Pilot, a role Anne Hathaway is tackling for the upcoming movie version, in InterAct’s production of Grounded. The story is about a fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy leads to an assignment operating military drones in the Nevada desert.
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Angela Smith and Michael Toner (Walnut Street Theatre/Independence Studio)
Many people believe Jude is the patron saint of lost causes — for me, it’s Eugene O’Neill.
No one wrote more eloquently and compassionately about small lives, constrained circumstances, lost pasts and uncertain futures. O’Neill is an exception among American playwrights, many of whom wrote their most famous and important works early on — although he won two Pulitzers in the 1920s, and the Nobel in 1936, O’Neill’s greatest work came late in his career.
Moon for the Misbegotten, written in 1942-43, is the last play he completed. It takes some time to get started — the early scenes are bogged down with contrived exposition — but wait for it: transcendent grandeur arrives in the second half. Read more »
If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.
A Philadelphia Nutcracker
This unique production of the holiday dance classic by the Philadelphia Dance Theatre takes the action and moves it to areas throughout 19th century Philadelphia, including Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. The Gothic-style Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue is the setting for the Act I party scene that everyone has come to know and love. You'll have to prance over David Kurtz Center to see the rest! (7:00PM, David Kurtz Center, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia)
Polaris and Radiator Hospital at Johnny Brendas
Polaris, the house band lead by Mark Mulcahy, rose to fame in the 90's when they were featured on the now defunct The Adventures of Pete and Pete. They are teaming up with Radiator Hospital for a one-night only concert at Philly's notorious Johnny Brenda's. Tickets are going fast for what is sure to be a great night of fun and music. (8:00PM, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia)
Black Friday Comedy Marathon
After you had to deal with all of your lovely in-laws the night before, you may need to laugh…a lot. No worries: Philly Improv Theatre is presenting a 24-hour series of comedy acts that run all day on Black Friday and into Saturday. Aptly called the Black Friday Comedy Marathon, the festival has something for just about everyone, including stand-up, variety shows, and sketch acts. With late-night sessions called "Porn: The Musical," this is one marathon that isn't for the faint of heart! (Starts at 10:00AM, Philly Improv Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia)
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: Kids' Night
The national tour of the Broadway hit Cinderella has two performances on Friday at the Academy of Music, but here's a deal that's just as good as a pair of glass slippers: the 8:00PM show has a special Kids' Night discount where young theatre goers can attend for up to 50% off. Don't miss the sweeping music, the award-winning costumes, and all of the tunes that you know from the multiple made-for-television versions of this classic musical. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
The return of the Morris Arboretum's most popular attraction starts Friday. Guests will be wowed by replicas of Philadelphia landmarks made out of all-natural materials, including barks, leaves, and twigs. Of course, there's the quarter mile of toy railroad track that weaves throughout the arboretum's winter gardens. (10:00AM, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia)
Say Anything and Saves The Day Concert
It's one of the hottest tickets in town: bands Say Anything and Saves The Day are teaming up for a remarkable concert that celebrates the 10th anniversary release of Say Anything’s …is a Real Boy and the 15th anniversary of Saves The Day’s Through Being Cool. Reggie and the Full Effect will be joining them on stage as all three bands perform their albums in full for concert goers. Tickets are going extremely fast for the evening at the TLA. (7:00PM, Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., Philadelphia)
Last Chance To See Full Circle: Works by Richard Pousette-Dart
It is your final chance to see the work of the twentieth century's most create draftsmen, Richard Pousette-Dart, at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit, Full Circle: Works on Paper, features 60 of Pousette-Dart's most iconic works, including 6 of his notebooks. The exhibit closes on Sunday after a nearly three month run. (Opens at 10:00AM, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia)
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street, or, more specifically, Sesame Place? This family-friendly holiday celebration features everyone's favorite characters from the television show in special Christmas shows and at Santa's Furry Workshop. Don't forget to bring your own little monsters to Cookie's Monster Land and stick around for the Christmas Light Show. (Opens at 1:00PM, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne)
Mary Poppins at Walnut Street Theatre
Everyone's favorite magical nanny has flown into Philly. Based on the beloved Disney film, the Broadway treatment of Mary Poppins is playing the Walnut Street Theatre. A great family affair that has two Black Friday performances, the musical features everyone's favorite songs, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," and my favorite tongue twister of all-time, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" Tickets can be purchased here. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia)
Walnut Street Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace, a classic American comedy about a drama critic’s aunts who go a little bit cuckoo… okay, maybe a lot cuckoo. This presentation will be mark the 75th Anniversary of the production. Hooray for longevity (and crazy old aunts!) March 11 through April 27, $10-$65, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Theater meets dance meets acrobatics in Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize. The show’s story follows a battle for individuality against an increasingly monotonous world. According to the show's co-director, “Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope.” Sounds refreshing, huh? March 11 through 16, $25-$75, Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and The Wilma Theater Artistic Director Blank Zizka team up for the world premiere of Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq. The show tells the story of a returning marine’s journey through Philadelphia to find his lost lover, and touches on modern-day experiences of recent veterans who are returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. Look out for a surreal twist. Opens Wednesday, March 19, runs through April 20, $23-$66, The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street.
Arden Theatre Company presents Three Sisters, a story of, you guessed it, three sisters. Olga, Masha (popular name, apparently), and Irina are the three gals in question, all of whom are living in a small Russian town with Andre, their younger brother. Each is forced to face their own battles, including (but not limited to) birthday parties, “an anticipated wedding,” dreams, disappointments, obsession, love, and good old-fashioned lust. March 20 through April 20, $15—$46, F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 North 2nd Street.
Critics are raving about Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play. It is hailed as “deliriously funny” by the New York Times, and “zany and utterly refreshing,” by the Associated Press. The play is a tale of rivalry, regret, and revenge. It tells the story of Vanya and her sisters Sonia and Masha, farmhouse girls who grew up in Bucks County. Masha becomes a movie star, and returns home for a reunion. But she’s not alone. She brings her man named Spike, too, and that's where the plot thickens. March 21 through April 20, $46-$52, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street.
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Just in time for the start of the arts season, R2L is debuting their pre-theater dinner menu. For $45 guests will receive a three-course menu and seatings are available between 5 to 6:30 p.m. Guests can even choose to eat the first two meals before their show and return afterwards for dessert.
Any subscriber or member of BalletX, the Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Institute, the Kimmel Center, the Opera Company, Walnut Street Theatre, or the Wilma will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with dinner.
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We have a preview of some of the dishes that chef Matt Levin will be offering at Square Peg on Walnut Street near Jefferson Hospital. Restaurateurs Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen are opening Square Peg in March.
Rest assured Levin-lovers, there is a poutine on the menu plus lots of other decadent dishes.
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