New This Week

And Then There Were None

(Walnut Street Theater) Agatha Christie's trickiest plotting, based on her book, the best-selling mystery of all timer. Previews Tuesday-March 17, opens March 18.

Baskerville (McCarter Theatre) Ken Ludwig dramatizes (and comedifies) the mystery of Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Previews Tuesday-Thursday, opens Friday.

Field Hockey Hot (11th Hour Theater Company) Michael Ogborn's new musical satire about a high school girls' field hockey team whose star goalie is injured two weeks before the championship and whose coach is obsessed with winning. In previews, opens Monday.

Macbeth (Arden Theatre Company) Shakespeare's classic dark tale of ambition. Some witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to be the king of Scotland, and spurred on by Lady Macbeth, he murders the monarch and assumes the throne. In previews, opens Wednesday.

The 39 Steps (Broadway Theatre of Pitman) A whodunit that starts with a man who leads a boring life and a woman who says she is a spy and winds up murdered soon after. Previews Friday-next Sunday. Opens Friday.


Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.) and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

A Murder Has Been Arranged (Hedgerow Theatre) Sir Charles Jasper will inherit two million pounds on his 30th birthday, and plans a merry celebration. A jealous cousin has other ideas. Through March 29.

The Cherry Orchard (People's Light and Theatre Company) David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell star in this blissful, humorous staging of Chekhov's play about land, class and changing times. Ends Sunday. - J.R.

The Divorcees Club (Penns Landing Playhouse) Newly single women join forces. Hilarious! Through March 22 - J.R.

Ghost: The Musical (Media Theatre) Based on the popular 1990 film that tells the love story of Sam and Molly and his death during a botched mugging. With music from Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. Through March 22.

Mickle Street (Walnut Theatre's Independence Studio) In this world premiere by local playwright Michael Whistler, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman get together in Camden in 1882. Ends Sunday.

Moon Cave (Azuka Theatre) Richard keeps to himself because of a childhood trauma that made national news - until he meets Rachel and lets down his guard. Will she still love him? Can he keep his privacy? Through March 22.

Mothers and Sons (Philadelphia Theatre Company) AIDS killed her son 20 years ago; mow she meets with his long-ago lover. Terrence McNally's script has too much exposition and zero theatricality, but the fine cast does its best. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Othello (Curio Theatre Company) Dan Hodge directs a production that teases out new (to this critic) angles in Shakespeare's 400-year-old tale of jealousy, treachery and passion. Ends Saturday. - W.R.

Under the Skin (Arden Theatre) Lou needs a kidney, but his estranged daughter wavers in this slow Michael Hollinger world premiere. Through next Sunday. - T.Z.

Unnecessary Farce (Act II Playhouse) Newbie cops, government corruption, a homicidal bagpipe player - what more could you want? Extended through March 29. - J.R.