Though Forearmed Productions’ Republican Theater Festival (Nov. 12-14) has received the most attention, the controversial evening of original one-act plays conceived by innovative director Cara Bluin is just one piece of Plays & Players’ election-month programming. On Saturday night (Nov. 10), Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States looks back through the stories of ordinary people participating in American politics. Already well received in Norristown and Camden, this collaboration with Iron Age Theatre celebrates hard-won progress, a welcome antidote to the election cycle. If reality, past or present, is just too overwhelming, consider outright fantasy with Presidents Who Kick A$$ (Nov. 15-18), the latest comics-in-performance piece from Superheroes Who Are Super! Republicans may not work with Obama — but Spider-Man will.
Through Nov. 18, $15-$30, Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey St., 800-595-4849, playsandplayers.org.