Arts List: 6 Reasons to Go to the Theater

Whether you’re in the mood for showtunes or something more serious, there’s a performance for you in Philly this week.

The Plough and the Stars is at the Annenberg Center. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

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.

Molly Sweeney @ Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 | Through October 15
Theater critic David Fox calls Molly Sweeney playwright Brian Friel a “master craftsman” and describes the Irish Heritage Theatre production as a “finely acted version.”

Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life is playing through November 20th at the Penn's Landing Playhouse.  Photo by Matt Urban/Mobius New Media

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life is playing through November 20th at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse. Photo by Matt Urban/Mobius New Media

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life @ Penn’s Landing Playhouse | Through November 20
The Manzari Brothers and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra join Maurine Hines (Gregory’s brother) in this autobiographical song-and-dance show written by Hines and filled with showtunes from his long Broadway career.

The Legend of Georgia McBride @ Arden Theatre Company’s Arcadia Stage | October 13 to November 27
Dito van Reigersberg, better known as his alter-ego Martha Graham Cracker, plays Miss Tracy Mills in Matthew Lopez’s music-filled comedy, directed by Emmanuelle Delpech and starring Matteo Scammell as an Elvis impersonator-turned-reluctant drag queen.

A Night at the Blue Parrot @ Arden Theatre Company’s Studio Theatre | October 14-15
Emmy and Barrymore Award winner Michael Ogborn channels his days as a cabaret performer at Philly’s Blue Parrot as part of the Arden Cabaret Series. Bass player Andrew Nelson, who’s also in the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, will accompany.

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