Big river

Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is retold in Scott Kaiser's 2005 play "Splitting the Raft," exploring how Huck struggled with his conscience while runaway slave Jim fights for his freedom. The production juxtaposes spirituals and the speeches of Frederick Douglass with the fictional characters' internal conflicts to present a thought-provoking twist on this beloved tale.

People's Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, through June 10, $28-48, 610-644-3500 or


Good Shepard

Dubbed a "comic nightmare of confrontation," playwright Sam Shepard's "True West" is the story of Austin, a screenwriter who is about to pen a million-dollar movie deal when his good-for-nothing brother Lee comes to town with a bad case of envy. They end up in a classic Western showdown. Presented by Luna Theater Company.

Walnut Street Theatre, Studio 3, 825 Walnut St., 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. May 11-12, through May 27, $10-15, 215-704-0033 or


Wet and wild

Philadelphia City Sail hosts its annual "Light Up the River" event, featuring a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament, music, food, an open bar, a silent auction and tours of North Wind, a 75-foot schooner. City Sail is a local nonprofit that tutors disadvantaged area children in science, math and maritime skills.

Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Pine streets, 6 p.m. Thursday, $45, 215-413-0451 or