Now is the perfect time to take advantage of Philadelphia's amazing theatre scene. With a variety of interesting shows currently running in the city this month, including a few premieres and new productions of classics, there is truly something for everyone. Did we mention that some of these are Funsavers?
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One of the most produced plays in America this year, I And You is a sharp romantic drama from playwright Lauren Gunderson. Through characters Caroline, a cynic, and Anthony, an easygoing athlete, Gunderson "explores the mysteries of human connection and the courage it takes to be vulnerable in our uncertain world." Enjoy this adaptation from People's Light until April 23rd.
Oscar Wilde's classic tale of two bachelors who begin double lives in order to dupe two society women into falling in love with them touches down at the Walnut Street Theatre this April! Best friends Algernon and Jack begin their ruses with the hopes of attracting the attention of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, but how long will they be able to balance this juggling act? Witty and fun, Earnest has stood the test of time as one of Wilde's most popular plays.
Another winner from Walnut Street Theatre, Jerry's Girls is a musical that celebrates the legacy of Broadway songwriter and composer Jerry Herman. Responsible for classics such as Hello Dolly! and La Cage Aux Follies, this night is dedicated to the ladies of Herman's many beloved stories. This fun tribute will be running into the summer, so don't miss it!
Most people would know better than to throw a birthday party for their mistress with their wife in attendance, but Bernard decides to test the waters anyway in this raucous comedy from 1812 Productions. After a long and successful run in London, Happy Birthday will be spending a month at the Plays & Players theater, starring real life married couples Greg Wood & Susan Riley Stevens and Scott Greer & Jennifer Childs!
The hot-ticket Broadway smash from John Cameron Mitchell is making a stop in Philly this spring at the Forrest Theatre! Both brilliant and electrfying, this rock opera about a genderqueer rock star is sure to have you on you feet the whole night. Don't miss the opportunity to see why this groundbreaking smash, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, is the reciepient of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival.
Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames "challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art" in this excting new comedy presented by Theatre Horizon. Gus, a white artist, decides to enter his work into a major art exhibit for artists with "new perspectives." Knowing that his perspective is hardly new, he hires a black actress to present his piece as his own, and quickly ends up over his head.
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