A Murder Has Been Arranged

An author awaits his birthday & a large inheritance, in a supposedly haunted theater. But ghosts & human greed may interfere. Closes 3/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $34; $31 seniors; $20 ages 30 and under; $15 students.

Always . . . Patsy Cline Musical exploring the friendship between Cline & a fan she met at a bar. Closes 2/22. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $35-$45; $25-$35 military with ID; $10 students and children.

Brad Sherrill: Exodus Multimedia performance adapted from the Old Testament text. Closes 2/22. Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown. Donations accepted.

Catch Me If You Can High-flying musical based on the DreamWorks film. Closes 2/21 Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton; 609-704-5012. $20-$55.

Dinner & a Show: Dream Girl Comedy by Elmer Rice. Fifteen local restaurants offer pre-dinner specials to attendees. Closes 2/21. Ursinus College, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3795. $5; $2 seniors and students.

EgoPo Classic Theater: Stairs to the Roof Philadelphia premiere of Tennessee Williams' early play. Closes 3/1. The Latvian Society of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Society of Free Letts), 531 N. 7th St.; 267-273-1414. $25.

Girls Night: The Musical Tale of five friends in their 30s & 40s spending a wild night at a karaoke bar. Closes 2/20. Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia. $50.

Hold These Truths True story of one Japanese American man's experiences with the government's internment practices during WWII. Closes 3/1. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849. $30; $20 students.

Into the Woods Classic Sondheim musical that brings together characters from various fairy tales. Closes 3/1. Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230. $39-$43; $37-$41 seniors; $25 students and ages 30 and under.

Light Sensitive Blinded former cabbie matches wits with a blind school volunteer determined to help him surmount his despair. Closes 3/1. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984. $25-$35.

Michael & Edie Philadelphia premiere written by Rachel Bonds. Directed by James Ijames. Closes 2/22. Villanova University, Villanova Theatre, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474. $21-$25; $19-$23 seniors.

Mickle Street World-premiere drama inspired by a historic meeting in Camden that brought two great artists together. Closes 3/8. Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$40.

Mothers and Sons Terrence McNally's timely new play explores the essence of family & forgiveness in a changing society. Closes 3/8. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. $46-$59.

Murder Mystery Weekend Interactive mystery presented by East Lynne Theater Company. Closes 3/28. Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave., Cape May; Reservations required: 609-884-5667.

Nora Riveting reduction of Henik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," adapted by Ingmar Bergman. Closes 2/22. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box office: 302-594-1100. $30-$50.

Peter and the Starcatcher Tony-winning origin story of one of popular culture's most enduring & beloved characters. Closes 2/22. The Playhouse on Rodney Square (formerly the DuPont Theatre), 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-338-0881. $20-$79.

Priest Tyaire's Torn Between 2 Fathers A young man is thrown into turmoil when he discovers the man who raised him isn't his birth father. Closes 2/22. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $37.50-$52.50.

Private Lives Sparks fly when a divorced couple reunite while honeymooning with their new spouses. Closes 3/1. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Report on Revolutionary Circumstances: And Other Plays from Egypt Evening of spectacle, dance & live music. Closes 3/1. Rowan University, Tohill Theatre, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro; Box office: 856-256-4545. $15; $10 seniors and students; free for Rowan students with ID.

The Cherry Orchard Chekov's masterwork about a bankrupt woman & her brother trying to save their family estate. Closes 3/8. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $27-$47; $27 children 17 and under.

The Courtyard of Miracles World-premiere English-language production. Closes 2/22. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Absecon; 609-652-9000. $10; $8 seniors and students.

The Divorcees Club 3 divorced women try to find the Perfect Man. Closes 3/22. Independence Seaport Museum, Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469. $25-$65.

The Metamorphosis Steven Berkoff's adaptation of the Kafka story. Closes 3/1. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450. $27-$34; $25 seniors; $15 students.

The Whale An isolated 600-pound man tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Closes 3/1. Theatre Exile, Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St.; 215-218-4022. $10-$40.

Under the Skin A man dying of kidney disease asks his estranged daughter to donate one of hers. She has a tough choice to make. Closes 3/15. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $36-$50.

Unnecessary Farce Fast-paced comedy by Paul Slade Smith directed by David Bradley. Closes 3/22. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box office: 215-654-0200. $28-$35.

Very Still & Hard to See Presented by Widener University's Lone Brick Theatre Company. Closes 2/21. Widener University, One University Pl., Chester; Reservations recommended: $10; $5 Widener faculty, staff and alumni; $3 Widener students.

Family theater

Shrek the Musical

Based on William Steig's novel & DreamWorks' animated film. Closes 2/28. Cinnaminson Middle School, 312 N. Forklanding Rd., Riverton. $8; $5 students; free for seniors.

Snow White Stage adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Closes 2/22. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $15; $12 children.

Community theater

Born Yesterday

Screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman trying to get ahead in D.C. society. Closes 3/7. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $15.

Eurydice Retelling of the Orpheus myth from his wife's point of view. Closes 2/28. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 215-572-2112.

Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan drama about British journalist David Frost. Closes 2/28. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $15; $14 seniors; $8 students.

Murderous Mansion of Mr. Uno Deadly comedy presented by Voorhees Theatre Company. Closes 2/21. Kresson Elementary School, 7 School Lane, Voorhees. $5.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Award-winning musical comedy based on Charles Schulz' comic strip "Peanuts." Closes 2/21. First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights, 28 Seventh Ave., Haddon Heights. $18; $15 seniors; $12 students.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Astral Artists: Boccherini, Bartok & Beaser

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. $20; $18 seniors; $5 students. 2/22. 3 pm.

Bryn Athyn Orchestra: Daniel Kujala, Conductor Community orchestra presents a program of works by Mozart & Beethoven. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2979. $15; $12 seniors; $5 students; free for children 12 and under. 2/22. 3 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Mahler's 4th Concert of works by Mahler & Schoenberg, w/featured soloists to include soprano Haeran Hong. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $24-$81. 2/22, 2/23.

Delaware County Youth Orchestra Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky & Mozart. Neumann University, One Neumann Dr., Aston; 610-558-5616. Free. 2/22. 3 pm.

In the Midst of Things New interpretation of Haydn's "The Creation." Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, Fairmount Ave. Included in admission. 2/21, 3/21.

Old City Music Historical performance. St. Peter's Church, 313 Pine St. $20. 2/20. 7 pm.

Oliver Lake, Sonic Liberation 8 & Classical Revolution Trio Featuring music designed specifically for this event. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. $15. 2/22. 7 pm.

PCMS Concert: Orion String Quartet With Peter Serkin, Pianist Acclaimed New York quartet & Grammy-nominated pianist performs works by Haydn, Reger & Schoenberg. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. $24. 2/20. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Gil Shaham, Violinist Concert of works by Wagner, Berg, Ligeti & Debussy, w/special guests to include violinist Shaham & conductor Robin Ticciati. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $35-$160. 2/20, 2/21, 2/22.

Philadelphia Orchestra: LiveNote Nights - Spano Concert of works by Higdon & Debussy, w/commentary by the conductor, demonstrations & a chance to mingle with the artists. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $45. 2/25. 6:30 pm.

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra Instrumentalists ages 10-16 training to join the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Temple University, Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St.; 215-545-0502. Free. 2/22. 3 pm.

Silk Road Ensemble Acclaimed cellist & his group perform new & traditional works. Princeton University, McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $30-$60. 2/24. 7:30 pm.

Stringfever Quartet performs eclectic array of music using five & six-stringed electric violins, a viola & a cello. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. $25-$39.50; $15 students and children. 2/21. 8 pm.

Trefoil Vocal & instrumental trio specializing in early music. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. Free. 2/20. 8 pm.


Amici Opera Company: Hamlet

5-act grand opera composed by Ambroise Thomas. Stage One, 101 Plush Mills Rd., Wallingford; 215-224-0257. $20. 2/22. 6:30 pm.

Amici Opera Company: Thais 3-act Massenet opera with a French libretto. United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $20. 2/21. 4 pm.

Candle Chant Worship Worship event w/live choral music. First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, 130 W. Miner St., West Chester. Free. 2/22. 6 pm.

Princeton University Glee Club 65-member mixed-voice choir. Princeton University, Taplin Auditorium, Washington Rd., Princeton. $15; $5 students. 2/20. 7:30 pm.

Singing City Children's Choir Choir fosters personal & social growth of its members. Germantown Friends School, 31 W. Coulter St.; 215-951-2300. $10-$20. 2/21. 7:30 pm.


LA Dance Project: Moving Parts

Choreography paired with organ music & moving visual installations. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

. $39-$49. 2/22. 8 pm.

PhillyBloco Modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-649-8389. $15-$20. 2/21. 9 pm.

Stockton Dance Company: A Concert of Dance Dance collaborations. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Absecon; 609-652-9000. $8-$10. 2/26.

The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther Contemporary dance work by NYC's acclaimed Ariel Rivka Dance company. University of the Arts, Gershman Hall (Gershman Y), 401 S. Broad St.; 215-545-4400. $20; $15 students; $10 children. 2/22. 2-3:30 pm.

Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free. 2/22.