Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in June.
Love is complicated, and that’s probably why it’s so entertaining to watch. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a play about, you guessed it, love. Mix in marriage, lovers, heartbreak, and in-laws and you’ve got yourself a show. Whether you’re happily with someone, the person who falls on their face in the beginning of the relationship, or anything in between, this Walnut Street Theatre show will hit all the right spots. Now through June 29, $41.25, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll is a witty and comedic roast of the American male, performed as a one-man show. The play examines 10 unique characters to explore masculinity, capitalism, and the “great American way.” Philadelphia’s own Eric Scotolati will be the stars, and serves as a guide throughout the history of the American man. The New York Times says of Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, “There is one line after another you will quote to your friends.” Fun! June 5-21, $15-$25, Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey Place.
BrainSpunk Theater will be giving people a two-for-one with an upcoming presentation of two one acts by Michelle T. Johnson. The first of the two plays is Wiccans in the ‘Hood’, which follows three white friends and a cohort attempting a centuries-old ritual in a cemetery located in a predominantly black area. They’re discovered by a local woman and drama ensues. Wiccans will be followed by the equally hilariously named Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen, a 60-minute play that explores race through one character embodying white culture, and another who portraying African-American culture. June 8-29, $10-$15, BrainSpunk Theater, 825 Walnut Street.
History lessons are usually not something that get people excited, but Colin Quinn Unconstitutional makes it more fun by serving history and comedy hand-in-hand. In 70 minutes, standup comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn will cover 226 years of insanity in American Constitutional history. Topics in the show range from predator drones to the newly married Kim Kardashian. Colin Quinn Unconstitutional has received praise from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Broadway World, and many more. June 13-July 6, $17.76-$54, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street.
Throw your expectations out the door for this one. Earnestness #2 is a truly unique performance that is different every single time it is performed. Presented as the premiere piece by the [redacted] Theater Company, Earnestness #2 is a bold, experiencial performance. Audience members are given directions from the moment they enter the theater. People will judge one another, see acts of violence, use Facebook, and measure their ability to trust strangers. Earnestness #2 is presented as part of the 2014 Solo SoLow Festival. June 20-21, pay what you wish ($5 recommended), Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street.