A Shropshire Lad

Crowded Kitchen Players presents its original stage adaptation of A.E. Housman's neglected masterpiece. Closes 4/6. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown; 610-395-7176.

;  $18; $14 seniors; $10 students.

Ain't Misbehavin' Musical tribute to Thomas 'Fats' Waller. Closes 4/27. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100.   $35-$49.

Arsenic & Old Lace A man discovers his elderly aunts have a penchant for poisoning lonely old men. Closes 4/27. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $10-$95.

Buried Child A wildly funny black comedy by Sam Shepard. Closes 4/13. Montgomery County Cultural Center - Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office: 610-283-2230. $22; $20 seniors; $15 students.

Burlesque-a-Pades Touring revue presented by the World Famous Pontani Sisters. Closes 4/5. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $20.

Dear Diary, Bye Written by Ellie Brown; performed by Arlen Hancock. Closes 4/13. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.   $20; $15 students.

Dear Elizabeth The friendship between poets Elizabeth Bishop & Robert Lowell is illuminated via a series of letters. Closes 4/27. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $26-$46; $26 children 17 and under.

Do You Trust Your Best Friend? Insightful & poetic look at contemporary relationships. Closes 4/5. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $46.50-$59.

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq A Marine searches the streets of Philadelphia for his missing lover in this world premiere drama from Paula Vogel. Closes 4/20. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824.   $39-$49; $34-$44 seniors; $19.50-$24.50 ages 20-29; $10-$24.50 students.

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich Drama by Bertolt Brecht. Closes 4/5. Ursinus College - Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3795.   $5; $2 seniors and students.

fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life New play by Sarah Gubbins. Closes 4/13. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 215-572-2112.   $15; $12 seniors and students.

Frogs (Re-) Imagined Modern telling of "The Frogs." Closes 4/13. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ; 609-652-9000.   $8-$10.

Grease Hit 50s musical. Closes 4/13. The Little Theatre (Sketch Club), 433 Glover St., Woodbury; 856-848-8089.   $18; $15 seniors; $39.95; $29.95 children dinner and show.

Last Call at the Downbeat Featuring Gavin Whitt as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Closes 4/13. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; reservations required: 215-923-0210.   $25.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor Neil Simon's comedy based on his real life experience as a junior television writer. Closes 4/13. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100.   $36-$46; $10 students and children.

Mark Nadler: I'm a Stranger Here Myself Musical exploration of the songs that emerged from the German cabaret scene of the 1920's through '40s. Closes 4/12. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999.   $39.50-$55.

Mary Stuart Friedrich Schiller's drama, presented by Philadelphia Artists' Collective. Closes 4/19. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church, 315 S. Broad St.; 1-800-838-3006.   $20.

Quintessence Theatre Group: Mourning Becomes Electra 3-part melodrama by Eugene O'Neill. Closes 4/27. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450.   $25; $15 youth 21 and under.

Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare's romantic tragedy about ill-fated lovers from feuding families. Closes 5/18. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St.; Box Office: 215-496-8001.   $10-$35.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. Closes 4/5. Camden County College - Dennis Flyer Theatre at Lincoln Hall, 200 College Dr., Blackwood; Mainstage Center: 856-302-6485. $12; $10 seniors and children.

The Figaro Plays: The Barber of Seville Pierre Beaumarchais comedy that inspired the Rossini opera. Closes 5/5. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787.   $20-$103.

The Figaro Plays: The Marriage of Figaro Pierre Beaumarchais comedy that inspired the Mozart opera. Closes 5/3. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787.   $20-$87.50.

The Importance of Being Earnest Classic by Oscar Wilde. Closes 4/13. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9913.   $17 advance; $20 day of show.

The Light in the Piazza A woman's newfound romance may be imperiled by secrets her mother has been harboring. Closes 4/13. Villanova University - Vasey Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474.   $23-$25; $21-$23 seniors.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) 5 short musical parodies that poke gentle fun at the styles of renowned Broadway composers & lyricists. Closes 5/4. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984.   $25.

The Mystery of Irma Vep Horror movie/gothic mystery spoof with all 8 roles played by 2 male actors. Closes 4/6. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.   $34; $31 seniors; $15 students.

The Phantom of the Opera: National Tour The story of a mysterious, disfigured man who lives in the bowels of the Paris Opera House. Closes 4/13. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. $30.50-$125.50.

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice A shy girl with a talent for performing finds herself poised on the brink of success, but it may not be what she wants. Closes 4/13. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $30-$40.

The Threepenny Opera Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill's revolutionary musical. Closes 4/13. Rowan University - Tohill Theatre, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; Box Office: 856-256-4545.   $20; $15 seniors.

The Train Driver Written by Athol Fugard; directed by Matt Pfeiffer. Closes 5/4. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395.   $20-$38; $10-$28 students.

Three Sisters Chekhov drama about a group of siblings & their approaches to dealing with life's challenges. Closes 4/20. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122.   $36-$48; $15 teens.

U.S. Drag A black comedy by Gina Gionfriddo. Closes 4/6. Widener University, One University Pl., Chester.   $8; $5 Widener alumni/faculty/staff; $2 Widener students.

Family theater

Are You My Mother?

Musical stage adaptation of P.D. Eastman's children's book. Closes 4/6. Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch, 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5372.   Free.

Charlotte's Web Musical adaptation of the E.B. White book. Closes 4/5. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.   $10.

Hatched Written and directed by Mara McEwin, "Hatched" is a tale told in visuals and music, about a newborn chick emerging from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world. Bucks County Performing Arts Center at Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main St., Morrisville; 215-493-3010.   $10. 4/5. 3 pm.

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Follow the adventures of a brother & sister who discover a magical tree house that whisks them away to the land of dinosaurs. Closes 5/25. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.   $10-$12.

PHIT Kids Presents StoryUP! Philly improvisers create a funny & magical hour of adventure based on ideas & stories from kids in the audience. 1st Sun. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. $8 advance; $10 day of show.

Pinkalicious The story of a girl with an abiding love for the color pink. Based on the books. Closes 4/27. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.   $10-$16.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Adventures in Toyland Closes 4/6. Jewish Community Center - Klein Branch, 10100 Jamison Ave.; 215-659-8550. $14; $12 children.

The Wizard of Oz Musical version of the children's story. Closes 4/5. Charles F. Patton Middle School, 760 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square.   $5.

Community theater

Earth & Sky

A woman investigating her lover's murder finds herself drawn into Chicago's underworld. Closes 4/5. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111.   $15; $8 students.

Into the Woods Award-winning musical combination of several fairy tales. Closes 4/6. Robbinsville High School, 155 Robbinsville Edinburg Rd., Robbinsville.   $12; $10 seniors and students.

Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale musical. Closes 4/12. Downingtown East High School, 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown.   $15; $10 seniors and students.

Mauritius Comedy/drama combines aspects of Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Chandler and David Mamet. Closes 4/5. First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Ave. $15.

Number the Stars An adaptation of Lois Lowry's novel about the rescue of Danish Jews during WWII. Closes 4/13. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139.   $10.

Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw comedy about a professor's quest to turn an uncouth street girl into a well-mannered lady. Closes 5/3. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, NJ; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.

Smile A touching & satiric musical by the creators of "Little Shop of Horrors," "A Chorus Line" & "They're Playing Our Song," Closes 4/6. Holy Cross High School, 5035 Rte. 130 S., Riverside; 856-461-5400 Ext 3033.   $10; $7 seniors and students.

The Taffetas A musical journey through the "Fabulous Fifties." Closes 4/9. Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown; 215-968-3859.   $19-$24.

Dinner theater

Without a Cue Productions: Deadly Housewives

3 housewives try to figure out who killed their neighbor. Closes 4/26. Fisher's Tudor House, 1858 Street Rd., Bensalem; Reservations required: 215-244-9777.   $48.99.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Annual Spring Concert

Music from Jean Sibelius, Ralph Vaughan Williams & Christopher Theofanidis. Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd., Malvern; 610-647-4400 Ext 3473.   $12; $10 seniors; $6 students; free under 12. 4/5. 7:30 pm.

Astral Artists: Lionel Cottet & Federico Diaz, Cellist & Guitarist Concert of works by Boccherini, Schubert, Romberg & De Falla. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-735-6999.   $20-$30; $18-$25 seniors; $5 students 30 & under. 4/6. 3 pm.

Avi Avital, Mandolinist World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.   $20. 4/9. 8 pm.

Bach at Seven Cantata Series Includes featured Cantata, as well as a baroque instrumental work (solo or chamber) & thematically related choral work. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust St.; 267-240-2586.   Donation suggested: $20 at door only. 4/9.

Borromeo String Quartet Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. $5-$15. 4/6. 3 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Schumann & Haydn Concert of works by Schumann, Haydn & Britten, w/Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducting & featured on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1709. $24-$81. 4/6, 4/7.

Classical Guitar Duo Rowan University music majors Caroline Kubach & Alex Pollock will perform. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 409 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Donations appreciated. 4/6. 7:30 pm.

Classical Revolution Delaware Classical music at nontraditional venues. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. Free. 4/9.

Conwell Woodwind Quintet Composed primarily of Philadelphia Orchestra members - Loren Lind, flute; Peter Smith, oboe; Lawrence Wagner, clarinet; Angela Anderson, bassoon; Shelley Showers, horn; all teach at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church, 330 Greentree Rd., Sewell; 856-589-7863.   $20; $15 seniors; $10 students. 4/6. 3 pm.

David Briggs, Organist Repertoire spans five centuries. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $17. 4/10. 7:30 pm.

DePue Brothers Band Four violinist brothers perform w/a percussionist & other string players. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park.   $25; free 23 and under. 4/6. 1 pm.

Eastern University Music Gala Performances by faculty & student ensembles. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $20-$40. 4/4. 7:30 pm.

Got Strings? Spring Spectacular 4 youth orchestras perform. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808.   $10; $8 students. 4/5. 12:30 pm.

Holocaust Memorial Concert Cumberland County College - Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Sherman Ave. & College Dr., Vineland, NJ; 856-692-8499.   Free. 4/6. 3 pm.

Mendelssohn Medley Song & musical conversation. The Oaks Cloister, 5829 Wissahickon Ave.   $95-$200. 4/6. 4 pm.

PCMS Concert: Takacs Quartet Colorado quartet founded in Budapest in the '70s. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. $24. 4/9. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven's Seventh Concert of works by Beethoven, Weber & Brahms, w/Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting & Ricardo Morales featured on clarinet. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.   $73-$170. 4/4, 4/5.

Philly Pops: The Magical Music of John Williams Selections from Williams' film scores. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $40-$134. 4/4-6.

Serafin String Quartet Delaware-based quartet. University of Delaware - Gore Recital Hall, S. College Ave., Newark; 302-831-2577. $15; $10 seniors; $5 students. 4/9. 8 pm.

TCNJ Woodwind Quintet Student concert. Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing. Free. 4/8. 8-10 pm.

The Richardson Chamber Players Princeton University-based ensemble largely composed of Princeton music instructors. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.   $15; $5 students. 4/6. 3 pm.

Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey 40-member woodwind, brass & percussion ensemble. Wiley Christian Retirement Community (Wiley Home Auxiliary), 99 E. Main St., Marlton.   Free. 4/5. 7 pm.


Amici Opera Company: Macbeth

4-act Verdi opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 205 Huntingdon Pk., Jenkintown; 215-224-0257.   $20. 4/5. 4 pm.