Fringe Festival

(Through next Sunday at various locations. Information: 215-413- 1318 or

Three weeks of almost anything people can devise in a space, on a stage, in your head. Just a few of the intriguing shows: Hello, Blackout! (ends Sunday); Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano (Sunday and Tuesday-next Sunday); Iphigenia at Aulis (Monday-Friday); Fishtown - A Hipster Noir (Sunday-Monday and Thursday-Saturday); A Billion Nights on Earth (ends Sunday); and A Period of Animate Existence (Friday-next Sunday).

New This Week


(Arden Theatre Company). Tuneful, stylish love triangle set in decadent 1931 Berlin. Wednesday through Oct. 22.

Godspell (Villanova Theatre). Women in the roles of Jesus and John the Baptist drive this diverse, Matt Pfeiffer-directed rendition. Tuesday through Oct. 1.

She Loves Me (Gateway Playhouse, Somers Point, N.J.). The Shaken Not Stirred Players perform this 1963 chestnut, based on The Little Shop Around the Corner, at the new, reopened Gateway, first show of a full 2017-2018 season. Sept. 22-Oct. 1.

Souvenir, A Fantasia of the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3). Philly's own Florence sings! A Philly story all the way, with music in an intimate space. Through Oct. 15.

A Year in the Trenches (East Lynne Theatre Company, Cape May). World premiere of a remembrance of World War I written for the the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war. Wednesday through Oct. 14.


Reviewed byJohn Timpane (J.T.) and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

Carousel (Media Theatre). Innovative production of the dark Rodgers and Hammerstein classic set at a merry-go-round in Maine. Through Oct. 22.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Walnut Street Theatre). Vulgar, old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, performed by a big cast of expert farceurs. Through Oct. 22. - J.T.

The Gin Game (Montgomery Theatrek, Souderton). The enduringly popular 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner about a friendship at a nursing home. Thursday through Oct. 8.

The Gin Game (Cape May Stage). Ends Friday.

Red Velvet (Lantern Theater Company). While anti-abolition riots rage in the streets of 19th-century London, an African American actor prepares to play Othello. A powerful and intriguing production. Through Oct. 8. - T.Z.

Ripcord (South Camden Theatre Company). David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy about two women engaged in a zero-sum battle. Through Oct. 1.

Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story (Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope). Musical about the DJ who helped inject rock into U.S. culture. A starry cast. Through Oct. 1.

Rumors (Ritz Theatre, Haddon Township). Neil Simon's first, and very funny, farce. Ends next Sunday.

The Shape of Things (Eagle Theatre, Hammonton, N.J.) Neil Labute's 2001 drama about four students and the romances among them. Through Oct. 15.

Shrek: The Musical (Broadway Theatre of Pitman, N.J.). The big green guy who's unpopular with everyone except the entire noncartoon world. Through Oct. 1.

Simpatico (McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton). Sam Shepard drama performed by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and A Red Orchid Theatre. Through Oct. 15.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington). A musical based on the fiction of fantasy writer Ray Bradbury. Through Oct. 18.

Storyboard: Treasure Island (Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley). Storyboard rendition of the Stevenson classic, assisted by a local graphic artist. Ends Sunday.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bristol Riverside Theatre). In this musical about kids, words, parents, and competition, six adolescents square off in the battle of battles. Through Oct. 15.

Which Reminds Me (Act II Playhouse, Ambler). The tireless Tony Braithwaite one-man show based on theater stories, letters from patrons, and much more. Through Oct. 1.

Wreck of the Spanish Armada (Aerodrome, Cape May Airport). Bill Sterritt's love story/adventure. Friday-Sunday through mid-October.