New This Week

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice (Philadelphia Theatre Company). The movie star makes her cabaret debut in two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Monday.

Next to Normal (Resident Theatre Company, West Chester). Tony-winning musical about a seemingly normal American family whose lives are anything but. Thursday through Oct. 15.

Outside Mullingar (Cape May Stage). John Patrick Shanley's tale of two Irish farmers, one shy, one amorous. Wednesday through Nov. 10.


Reviewed by John Timpane (J.T.) and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

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

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). This production is big, vulgar, a little old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, with expert farceurs galore. Through Oct. 22. - J.T.

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

Godspell (Villanova Theatre). Women in the roles of Jesus and John the Baptist drive this diverse, Matt Pfeiffer-directed rendition. Ends next Sunday.

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. Ends next Sunday.

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. Ends next Sunday.

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

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. Ends next Sunday.

Shrek: The Musical (Broadway Theatre of Pitman, N.J.). The big green guy who's unpopular with everyone except the entire noncartoon world. Ends Oct. 8.

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). A musical based on the fiction of fantasy writer Ray Bradbury. Through Oct. 18.

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.

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. Ends next Sunday.

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

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. Through Oct. 14.