Defending the Caveman

One-man comedy performance that examines the battle of the sexes. Closes 8/30. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469 (HIT SHOW).


. $45-$65.

East Lynne Theater Company: Mr. Lincoln On Good Friday, April 14,1865, the President and Mrs. Lincoln were watching "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre when John Wilkes Booth aimed his pistol. In Herbert Mitgang's play, Lincoln's life flashes before him, from his early days as a lawyer, to President of the United States as the weapon is fired. Tom Byrn portrays Lincoln in this production. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898. $30; $25 seniors;

$15 students.

I Hate Hamlet A classy, light-hearted comedy. Closes Montgomery Theater,

124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984. $24-$35.

Memphis Inspired by actual events, "Memphis" tells the story of an ambitious DJ and a club singer yearning for her big break. Composed by Bon Jovi's David Bryan, the show's fantastic original score evokes the great funk, soul and pop hits that dominated '50s-era dance clubs. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Moon Man Walk After his mother passes away, a man returns to his hometown, where he learns some truths about himself & his family. Closes 7/19.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. $22; $17 seniors.

Murder in Dixie A rich boy from Philadelphia's Main Line is engaged to a poor orphaned girl from the Deep South. As their families gather for her hometown's county fair, will their plans to break them up succeed? Between his gold-digging stepmother and social-climbing chauffeur, and her scheming sister and manipulative guardian, the stage is set for an outrageous battle royale to rival the Hatfields and the McCoys. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. www.bistro $48.95.

Stars n' Stripes The Fourth of July Open Air Theatre tradition returns for another year. Salute America's greatest composers in a musical revue that includes songs reflecting the American experience. Washington Crossing State Park's

Open Air Theatre, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 267-885-9857. $15; $10 children

12 and under.

Family theater

Alice in Wonderland

Join Alice on her trip through Wonderland as she meets some beloved characters, A Garden Of Beautiful Flowers, a truly Mad Tea Party, a mysterious grinning cat and of course the Queen and King of Hearts and their court. Washington Crossing State Park's Open Air Theatre, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 267-885-9857. $5.

Disney's Aladdin Jr. Shortened stage adaptation of the popular animated film. Closes 8/23. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St.,

Media. $15; $12 children.

Family Stages: Androcles and the Lion Adaptation of one of Aesop's most familiar stories. Closes 7/9. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. $12; $10 seniors; free for children under 3.

Shrek, the Musical Join everyone's favorite ogre for an adventure through fairytale land in this musical adaptation of the popular animated film. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $23-$28. 7/9. 7:30 pm.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Pinocchio An original musical about a little wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. Closes 7/18. Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-659-8550.

$14; $12 children.

The Emperor's New Clothes Funny retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Closes 7/8. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Absecon. $12.

The Wizard of Oz Musical version of the classic children's story. Closes 7/9. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill; Box Office: 610-622-1189. $7-$10.

Community theater

Scripted Sundays

Closes 8/16. New City Stage Company, 3805 The Oak Rd. Free.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Ariel String Quartet

String Quartet from Israel. Princeton University Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-9220.

» READ MORE: www.ariel Free. 7/7. 7:30 pm.

Bay Atlantic Symphony: Broadway

on the Boards Concert of patriotic & thematic Broadway works present in honor of Independence Day. Fireworks to follow. Avalon Community Hall, Avalon Ave., Avalon. Free. 7/4. 7 pm.

Summer Carillon Concert Series Wed.

in Jul. & Aug. Rain or shine. Please bring blanket, lawn chair, snacks or dinner. Valley Forge National Historical Park Washington Memorial Chapel, Rte. 23, Valley Forge. Free. 7/8.


Amici Opera Company: Caterina Cornaro

Two-act tragic opera by Donizetti. United Methodist Church

of The Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.; 215-224-0257. $20. 7/5.


Dance Xplosion Competition


of all ages compete in a wide range

of categories & styles. Wildwoods Convention Center, 5401 Boardwalk, Wildwood; Box Office: 609-729-9000.

Free. 7/6, 7/7, 7/8, 7/9.

Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company: Kazka Australia's Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company is proud to present "Kazka," an original folk ballet inspired by traditional Ukrainian fairytales. It is a tale of love, betrayal and supernatural spirits, where woodland creatures dance in the moonlight and beautiful young maidens toss garlands of flowers into a river, wondering from which direction their lover will appear. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.

$35. 7/7. 7 pm.

Set Dance Lessons Dance lessons are held weekly in the Fireside Room.

The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. $5. 7/8.

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

Free. 7/5.

Other performances

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

British cabaret singer performs the music of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen. Ramada Inn - The Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Rd., New Hope; 888-596-1027. $25-$35. 7/3. 8 pm.

Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990 Landmark exhibition will plot the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative trends during these two decades, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. A rich program of dance, film, music, and theatre will accompany the exhibition. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Suzanne DuPlantis: Speak Lo Acclaimed vocalist performs romantic works from the Great American Songbook. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800. $20; $5 students with ID. 7/8. 7-8:30 pm.