March 9-15, 2006
ANTIGONE The Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Philly's first non-profit dance and theatre company, launches its first show, a mix of speech, dance and music. Runs through March 17, $34-$64, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999.
CHERISH THE LADIES Love a good jig? We know you do. See Irish ladies get jiggy with it at this fun-filled night of traditional Irish music, step dancing a la Riverdance, and a few other twists thrown in. Huzzah!, Wed, March 15, 8pm, $25-$40, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jim Leeds Rd., Pomona, NJ, 609-652-9000.
FIREBIRD AND FRANKLIN COURT What would make the ultimate power couple? Try mixing a beautiful fire bird woman with...Ben Franklin. Sounds spicy. Runs through March 11, $10-$110, Academy of Music, Broad & Locust sts., 215-551-7000.
GISELLE Unrequited love, madness, revenge and peasants it doesn't get any better than that. Presented by the Russian National Ballet, Wed, March 15, 7:30pm, $33-$45, Zellerbach Auditorium, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900.
ANDY PRESCOTT: ABOUT FACE With all the reality shows about plastic surgery makeovers, it's a wonder I even recognize you anymore. Wait, did you get Botox? This one-man play delves into the life of a piano-bar entertainer who thinks plastic surgery will turn him into a star. Warning: That's probably what fueled Michael Jackson too. Runs through March 29, 7:30pm, $8, Odette's Theater Room, 274 S. River Road, New Hope, 215-862-3000.
ARCADIA Tom Stoppard's romp through the centuries has been hailed as "the smartest and funniest comedy of the 1990s." Yup; it's even funnier than that home video of you rocking out to Vanilla Ice circa 1992. Runs through April 1, $8-$15, The Players Club of Swarthmore, Fairview Rd., off Rt. 320, 610-328-4271.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Got ADD? See 38 Shakepearean plays in 97 minutes. You'll never need Cliffs Notes again!. Runs through May 19, $10-$25, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, 2111 Sansom St., 215-496-8001.
THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miller's dark play about the "witches" of Salem rambles through the Massachusetts woods at night with a message that echoes profoundly, even in today's world. Runs through April 9, $27-$46, People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, 610-644-3500.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA Follow five Irish sisters through the rugged emotional landscape of family life as they find happiness and long-buried desires through dance. Bonus points if you can pronounce Lughnasa. "Pay what you can" on March 1 only. Runs through April 2, $27-$45, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., 215-922-1122.
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK WWII's end marked a dramatic transition in American history. It's important not to forget, however, the stories at once heartbreaking and inspiring of men and women who endured that tumultuous period. Runs through March 11, $8-$9, Sellersville Theater, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville, 215-257-5808.
EINSTEIN'S DREAMS What do love, dreams, and the theory of relativity have to do with each other? They're all major components in Alan Lightman's poetic cavort through the sleeping mind of Einstein. Runs through March 26, $25-$40, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 215-569-9700.
EYES OF THE AMERICAN What happens when your best childhood friend becomes a cruel dictator and you grow up to lead an underground resistance against him? Tony-nominated playwright Samm-Art Williams tackles this question against the backdrop of late 20th century struggles for ruling power in the Caribbean and the U.S.'s "intervention" in the affairs of Third-World nations. Runs through March 18, $15, Allens Lane Theater, Allens Ln. & McCallum St., Mt. Airy, 215-248-0546.
FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS: LIFE: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED Of course you're confused and baffled about life. And what could help more than a hilarious set of parables to light the proverbial pathway? Audience participation is a must, Sat, March 11, 8pm, $10-$40, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jim Leeds Rd., Pomona, NJ, 609-652-9000.
FOR RICHER OR POORER Three one-act plays about it, including two dramas and a farce. Runs through March 18, $7.50-$15, Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave., 215-247-8881.
LADY IN THE VAN Remember in National Lampoon's Christmas special when Uncle Eddie parked his RV outside of the Griswolds' home for the whole movie? That's kind of like this play, except it features a crazy old lady in a van. Luckily, the house she camped at belonged to writer Alan Bennett, so at least he got something out of it. Runs through March 18, $1-$25, Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St., 215-925-7686.
LES MISERABLES The classic French saga in its final Philly engagement. Runs through March 19. Runs through March 19, $25-$75, Forrest Theater, 1114 Walnut St., 1-800-447-7400.
A LESSON BEFORE DYING An uneducated black youth is sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit. A local school teacher agrees to help restore his sense of self-worth before he dies. Both men are forever changed by their encounter. Runs through March 25, $13-$18, Temple University, Tomlinson Theater, 13th & Norris Sts., 215-204-1122.
THE LIBERTINE I'd like to date an eclectic guy like John Wilmot: British Earl, pornographer, and Crown loyalist. His life and relationships are outlined in this play by Stephen Jeffreys. Runs through March 18, $10-$12, Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 888-715-5589.
LOVE'S FIRE No, we're not talking about that itching feeling "down under." This is a series of seven contemporary plays, each based on a Shakespearean sonnet. Runs through March 11, $10-$25, Baby Grand, 818 N. Market St., 302-652-5577.
MISSING LINK Seth Rozin's tale of parents who lose their only child in a plane crash is a dynamic look at how life's hardest struggles have the power to destroy bonds as well as forge new ones. Runs through March 11, 8pm, $5-$8, The Players Club of Swarthmore, Fairview Rd., off Rt. 320, 610-328-4271.
NINE PARTS OF DESIRE Iraqi-American playwright Heather Raffo weaves together the lives of nine ordinary Iraqi women of different ages and backgrounds, all looking for freedom, love, and self expression. They range from a schoolgirl obsessed with Western culture to the curator of Saddam Hussein's art center. Raffo spent the last decade collecting stories of inspirational women she met while traveling in Iraq, and they form the basis for this moving drama. Runs through March 12, $10-$49, Wilma Theater, Broad & Spruce sts., 215-546-7824.
OPUS Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger follows a world-renowned string quartet as it struggles to prepare for its highest-profile performance of Beethoven's Opus 131. Passions rise, tempers flare and personalities clash. Starring Barrymore Award-winner Greg Wood. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen. Runs through March 12, $27-$45, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., 215-922-1122.
OUR TOWN Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning tale of love and life in small-town America offers pleasant family-style entertainment. Take a break from city life, grab a scoop of ice cream from the corner store, and meander over. Runs through April 8, $17-$25, The Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, NJ, 856-858-5230.
PROOF Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn's play draws a thin line between madness and brilliance as a young woman seeks to understand her unstable father's legacy. Runs through April 2, $29-$37, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Radcliffe & Market sts., Bristol, 215-785-0100.
THE SEEING PLACE FESTIVAL II Remember your first time? Or maybe you don't want to. This week marks a virgin voyage for Mosaic Theatre Productions, with two one-act plays. Runs through March 12, $12, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-229-0705.
SYNCOPATION Act II kicks off its fourth season with Allan Knee's pre-World War I love story about two New Yorkers with dreams of ballroom dancing their way to the top. Runs through April 9, $20-$32, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-654-0200.
SYRINGA TREE A white South African family lives under the same roof as a black family during apartheid in Pamela Gien's moving production. Two women one black, one white play all 24 characters. Runs through March 26, $25-$45, Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington, DE, 302-594-1100.
TAKING LEAVE Ever forgot where you left your keys? Maybe you can relate to aging English Professor Eliot Pryne, who is "taking leave" from reality. Nagle Jackson's play draws parallels between Pryne and his subject of expertise: King Lear, as the professor copes with the early stages of Alzheimer's. Runs through March 18, 8pm, $15-$22, 2nd Stage @ the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 215-563-4330.
TONY "N' TINA'S WEDDING Every Fri & Sat, 3pm, $65-$75, The Venice Plaza, 1727 Snyder Ave., 215-297-8540.
TRYING Behold the biography of native Philadelphian and Attorney General Francis Biddle, who served his post under the FDR administration. The play looks backward from Biddle's viewpoint as an aging, cantankerous man trying to get his life in order. Runs through April 30, $10-$55, Walnut Street Theatre, 9th & Walnut sts., 215-574-3550.
LA FINTA GIARDINIERA If Mozart were still alive today, he would be 250 years old. That's old enough to qualify for Medicare! Elysium Concert Opera is celebrating his birthday with a performance of one of his lesser known operas. The bulk is in Italian, but it will be supplemented by English dialogue for clarity, Sat, March 11, 7:30pm, $8-$15, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., 267-971-3744.
STUDENT PRINCE Sigumund Romberg's classic operetta, Wed, March 8, $22-$39, The New Media Theatre, 104 East State Street, Media, 610-891-0100.
LE CABARET MELANGE A funky music, dance and performance art show. Every Fri, 7pm, $10, Monte Carlo Living Room, 150 South St., 267-456-3050.
MELANGE THEATRE LIVE This comedy-song cabaret features Penni Gould tearing through pop and Broadway standards, Tom Detrik, Bill Koegh, Conrad Lawson, Faye Massey and others. Every second Sun, 7pm, $7, The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St., 215-573-3234.
PERFECTLY MARVELOUS: AN 1812 CABARET FESTIVAL Three Philly-based cabaret ladies strut their stuff with a unique selection of hand-picked songs. Runs through March 26, $15-$32, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., 215-592-9560.