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Theater Professional/semi-professional 1812 Productions: It's My Party - The Women & Comedy Project An exploration of the role of comedy in women's lives. Closes 5/19. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560. $28-$38.



1812 Productions: It's My Party - The Women & Comedy Project

An exploration of the role of comedy in women's lives. Closes 5/19. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560.


. $28-$38.

A Little Night Music Award-winning Sondheim musical. Closes 6/30. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$48; $15 children 12-18.

Acting Naturally: Blithe Spirit A novelist finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Closes 5/19. Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown; 267-798-9165. $16-$19.

Blood Kegger on Monster Party Island Burlesque troupe performance. Closes 5/24. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $18.

Bootycandy Coorful series of interconnected tales exploring the experience of growing up gay & African-American. Closes 6/16. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $39-$54; $34-$49 seniors; $19.50-$27 students.

Cape May Stage: How to Make a Rope Swing The process of selecting a name for a town's new schoolhouse leads to the re-opening of old wounds. Closes 6/7. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.

Cooking With The Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano! 'Live broadcast' of a cable channel cooking show hosted by 2 Italian sisters. Closes 5/19. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $45.

Curio Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes mystery gets a funny makeover. Closes 6/1. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue; 215-525-1350. $10-$20.

Dino! An Evening With Dean Martin Stories from Martin's life are woven together w/some of his classic hits. Closes 6/30. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $35-$45.

Failure: A Love Story East Coast Premiere of this new work by Philip Dawkins. Closes 5/26. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St.; 215-563-1100. $20-$27.

Gaslight Productions: Rags to Riches Revue of songs from various classic Broadway shows, including 'Anything Goes' & 'West Side Story.' Closes 5/22. The Peak Center, 315 W. Main St., Lansdale; 215-362-7432. $7.

Grease The story of the summer romance between teenagers from different sides of the tracks. Closes 7/14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Heroes A trio of aged war heroes plot to escape from their retirement home. Closes 6/9. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $20-$56.

Inherit the Wind Classic legal drama in which a small town stages a showdown between Fundamentalism & science. Closes 6/9. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $39-$45.

Into the Woods Sondheim musical about fairy tale life after 'happily ever after.' Closes 6/2. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $20-$77.

Lend Me a Tenor Comedy about an opera presenter whose lead performer goes missing, leaving him in a bind. Closes 6/8. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33; $10-$15 students.

Mame A wealthy, fun-loving woman's lifestyle is upended when she takes in her nephew. Closes 5/19. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $49; $44 seniors; $27 children.

Much Ado About Nothing 'Battle of the sexes'-themed romantic comedy. Closes 5/19. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $30-$35; $25 seniors; $20 students.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy One-man comedy about Solomon's colorful family. Closes 5/26. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $40-$45.

Ninth Circle Players: Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon comedy about newlyweds whose relationship is jeopardized by their very different personalities. Closes 5/19. Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City. $20; $18 seniors and Stockton students; $12 children 12 and under.

North of the Boulevard 4 friends living in a run-down neighborhood look for a way to better their lives. Closes 5/19. Theatre Exile - Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St.; 215-218-4022. $30.

Othello Shakespeare tragedy about a good man betrayed by a friend. Closes 5/18. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001. $30-$35; $25 seniors; $20 students.

Peek-a-Boo Revue Philadelphia's premier burlesque show. Closes 5/18. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $20.

Pride & Prejudice Theatrical adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Closes 6/16. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25-$32; $22-$29 seniors; $10 students.

Sleuth A successful writer manipulates his wife's lover into staging a robbery. Closes 5/19. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars; 609-492-9477. $45.

Spring Awakening Award-winning musical with music by Duncan Sheik; book & lyrics by Steven Sater. Closes 6/9. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230. $31-$35; 29 seniors; $25 students.

The Drexel Players: The Grapes of Wrath Theatrical adaptation of the Steinbeck novel. Closes 5/25. Drexel University - URBN Center, 3401 Filbert St. $15; $10 students.

The Drowsy Chaperone Hit musical comedy. Closes 5/18. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $20.50-$33.50.

The Written Word: The Belle of Amherst Playwright William Luce's play about poet Emily Dickinson. Closes 5/19. Hedgerow Studio & School, 146 W. Rose Valley Rd., Wallingford. $20.

When the Rain Stops Falling Epic family saga that tells the story of several generations of family members. Closes 5/18. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546. $18 advance; $20 day of show.

Family theater

Acting Without Boundaries: The Velveteen Rabbit

Acting Without Boundaries participants present a stage adaptation of the classic children's tale. Closes 5/19. The Agnes Irwin School, 275 S. Ithan Ave., Bryn Mawr.


. Donations accepted.

American Theater Arts for Youth: Cinderella Musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Closes 5/25. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-563-3501. $13.50-$16.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Stage adaptation of the Caldecott Award winning children's book. Closes 5/21. The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-338-0881. $6.25.

Peter Pan Theatrical adaptation of the J.M. Barrie tale. Closes 5/19. Hill School Center for the Arts, 717 E. High St., Pottstown.

Pinkalicious The story of a girl with an abiding love for the color pink. Based on the popular books. Closes 5/25. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

Pinocchio A wooden puppet boy must save his father after he's swallowed by a whale. Closes 6/23. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $32-$36; $20-$22 children 13-17; $15-$18 children 12 and under.

Rudyard Kipling's How the Elephant Got His Trunk & Other Animal Tales Large-scale puppet show based on Kipling's stories. Closes 5/18. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. $10.

Vital Theatre: Pinkalicious: The Musical Musical based on the book by Elizabeth & Victoria Kann presented by New York City's Vital Theatre. Closes 5/19. The DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-338-0881. $15.

Community theater

Actors' NET of Bucks County: The Marco Newton Roast

Humorous celebration of actor Marco Newton's career. Closes 5/18. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.


. $15.

Hollywood Arms Moving play based upon Carol Burnett's memoir, 'One More Time.' Closes 5/18. Spotlight Theatre at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore. $12-$15.

Legally Blonde Musical comedy based on the hit film. Closes 5/18 Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $18.

Narberth Community Theatre: And Then There Were None Agatha Christie mystery about 10 strangers trapped on an island w/an unknown assailant of murderous intent. Closes 5/18. Stage One, 101 Plush Mills Rd., Wallingford; 610-352-4823. $14; $12 seniors and students 22 and under.

Spring Performing Arts Night Local high school students perform excerpts from musicals & stage shows. Closes 5/23. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn.

The Sound of Music Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Closes 5/19. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $28.

The Wedding Singer Musical comedy based on the hit film. Closes 5/18. The Grand Theatre, 405 S. Main St., Williamstown; 856-728-2120. $22-$25.

Dinner theater

Let's Host a Murder

A murder-themed party gets out of hand. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Academy Chorale and Chamber Society Spring Concert

The 90 member choral and orchestra perform spring music Gwynedd Mercy Academy, 1345 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley. $15; $10 seniors. 5/18. 7:30 pm.

Classical Chamber Music Works by Brahams, Beethoven and Others. Andre Cafe Acoustique, 5th St., Chester. Suggested donation: $20. 5/18. 7:30 pm.

Dmitri Shostakovich: In Music and Words The Fine Art Piano Company celebrates Russian legend Dmitri Shostakovich Ivy Hall, 6331 Lancaster Ave. $35; $28 seniors. 5/18. 7:30-10:30 pm.

Greater Philadelphia Chorale: Love is in the Air The Greater Philadelphia Chorale presents its spring concert St. Jerome Parish, 8100 Colfax St. Free. 5/18. 7:30 pm.

Main Line Ringers Advance community handbell ensemble. St. Mark Lutheran Church, 350 White Horse Ave., Trenton. $10 suggested donation. 5/18. 7-8:30 pm.

Main Line Symphony Orchestra An all-volunteer community orchestra. Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn. Free. 5/18. 2 pm.

Melomanie Ensemble performs on period & modern instruments. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. $7.50-$20. 5/19. 12 pm.

PCMS Concert: Pamela Frank & Friends Violinist Pamela Frank & members of the Guarneri Quartet perform Mozart, Bartok & Dvorak. American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.; 215-569-8080. $24; $10 students. 5/17. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven's "Pastoral" Concert of works by Beethoven, Webern, Berg & Ligeti, w/soloists to include soprano Barbara Hannigan. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $26-$137. 5/18, 5/19.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Gil Shaham Plays Brahms Concert of works by Brahms, Schumann, Janacek & Dvorak, w/soloists to include violinist Shaham. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $79-$177. 5/23.

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra: 18th Annual Festival Concert Concert of works by Balakirev, Schubert & Dvorak, w/Geoff McDonald conducting. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $10-$20. 5/19. 7:30 pm.

Philomusica Chorale: The Faure Requiem The Philomusica Chorale performs the Faure Requiem and other pieces Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland. 5/18. 7:30 pm.

PRYSM (Philadelphia Regional Youth String Music) The newest ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. 215-545-0502. Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 215-545-0502. $10. 5/18. 3 pm.

Schubertiade This concert features selections from Schubert. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St. $10-$25. 5/18. 3 pm.

The Creation Performance of Haydn's masterpiece The Creation. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St.; $28 advance; $30 day of show. 5/19. 4-5:30 pm.

The Roxborough Orchestra The Roxborough Orchestra performs patriotic, popular, and light classical music. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 819 Cathedral Rd. Free. 5/18. 8 pm.

Tribute to Robert Elmore The Delaware Valley Chorale pays tribute to composer Robert Elmore. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington. $10-$20. 5/18. 7:30 pm.

Tune Up Philly Concert Area grade school students peform. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5372. Free. 5/18. 1 pm.

West Chester University Harp Ensemble Rehearsal WCU students practice their repertoire. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. Free. 5/20.

West Jersey Chamber Music Society: Handel's 'Israel in Egypt' Southern NJ's only professional chamber orchestra & chorus. First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown; 856-778-1899. $20; $15 seniors; $10 students. 5/19. 7:30 pm.


Amici Opera: Giordano's Fedora

Fedora is an opera in three acts by Umberto Giordano to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti. United Methodist Church of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $22 advance; $25 day of show; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children under 12. 5/19.

Greater Philadelphia Chorale Rehearsals Mixed-voice chorus who perform classical & contemporary pieces at venues throughout the region. St. Jerome Parish, 8100 Colfax St.; 215-745-4695. Free. 5/21.

Greater South Jersey Chorus 90 member choir. St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 3 Lord Pl., Marlton. $20. 5/18. 8 pm.

Keystone State Boychoir Youth choir founded in 2001. First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave.; 215-843-8811. $15-$50. 5/19, 5/19.

Media Chamber Chorale Eclectic ensemble presents a concert of works. St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Rd., Malvern. $10-$17. 5/18. 3 pm.

Middle School Choral Concert Student concert. Laird Performing Arts Center, 1501 Barley Mill Rd., Greenville. 5/21. 7 pm.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus The premier LGBT arts organization in the Delaware Valley. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. $30-$55 advance; $40-$55 day of show. 5/17, 5/18, 5/18.

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. No talent is necessary - just a willingness to have fun. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; 215-879-7733. Free. 5/21.

Upper School Choral Concert Student concert. Laird Performing Arts Center, 1501 Barley Mill Rd., Greenville. 5/23. 1:45 pm.


Alice in Wonderland

Ballet performance of Alice in Wonderland. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. $25. 5/18, 5/19, 5/19.

Ceili Dance Weekly dance sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 5/22.

Dance Theatre of Harlem One of the world's leading neo-classical ballet companies. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. $20-$65. 5/17, 5/18, 5/18.

Latin Night Come listen to the top DJs in the tri-state area playing salsa, chacha, merengue, and more. There will be a buffet meal (BYOB) and lots of dancing. Atrium Dance Studio, 4721 N. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken. $12. 5/18.

NIA: The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combine in NIA. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 5/21.

Opus 1 Dance company founded in 1999 by directors Lisa McMenamin & Tim Early. Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts, 205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; 610-812-6125. $20. 5/18, 5/19, 5/19.