Bunny Bunny (starts Sept. 19)
Elephant Room (starts Oct. 10)
A Bronx Tale | The long-dormant Prince Music Theater at Chestnut Street and Broad comes to life with a full season of imported shows, starting with actor Chazz Palminteri’s one-man true story about a murder he witnessed at the age of 9. It became a hit film in 1993 — Robert DeNiro’s directing debut — with Palminteri writing the screenplay and starring, his conditions for selling the rights. The play’s still the thing, though. Sept. 19-21, Prince Music Theater, princemusictheater.org.
Bunny Bunny | The Philadelphia Theatre Company long ago premiered Alan Zweibel’s fanciful autobiographical tale about his friendship with the late Gilda Radner, but they didn’t have brilliant comedienne Leah Walton in the role, as 1812 Productions does this time around. Sept. 19-Oct. 27, Independence Studio 3 at Walnut Street Theatre, 1812productions.org.
Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze | Writer, performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari crafted this response to former Harvard president Lawrence Summers’ infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences. He got fired and she got fired up. De Cari becomes more than 30 characters to tell her funny true story. Oct. 1-5, Annenberg Center, annenbergcenter.org.
Hamlet / She Stoops to Conquer | Quintessence Theatre Group’s third repertory pairing in four seasons contrasts Shakespeare’s tragedy with Oliver Goldsmith’s Restoration comedy. They’ll share director Alexander Burns’ energetic approach to classics and the Royal Shakespeare Company-inspired courtyard theater, in which some audience members sit above the stage, and others stand in the “pit.” as in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Oct. 9-Nov. 24, Sedgwick Theater, quintessencetheatre.org.
Elephant Room | FringeArts soft-opens its permanent waterfront home with a reprise of this 2011 Fringe hit starring Geoff Sobelle (now in his FringeArts solo show The Object Lesson), Trey Lyford and Steve Cuiffo as cheesy rock ’n’ roll magicians, a fitting larger-than-life show for the building’s long-awaited debut. Oct. 10-20, FringeArts, fringearts.com.
4000 Miles | Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award winner pairs a young cross-country cyclist with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother. Barrymore Award-winning director Mary B. Robinson returns to direct this PTC production. Oct. 11-Nov. 10, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Cock | There are no chickens in Theatre Exile’s season-opening drama by Brit Mike Bartlett, a 2012 Off-Broadway success about a sexual triangle involving a male couple and a woman. How much does sexuality define identity? Oct. 17-Nov. 10, Studio X, theatreexile.org.
Stick Fly | With no professional black theater company in Philadelphia, the Arden’s annual play by a black playwright is more a community service than a perfunctory attempt at diversity. Lydia R. Diamond’s acclaimed guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner drama, set on Martha’s Vineyard, is directed by the always-reliable Walter Dallas. Oct. 24-Dec. 22, Arden Theatre, ardentheatre.org.
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