New This Week

Blood Wedding

(Wilma Theater). A fiery 20th-century masterpiece by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Wednesday through Nov. 19.

Broken Stones (InterAct Theatre Company). Priceless artifacts are looted from Baghdad museum during the Iraq war; a reservist is sent in to investigate. Friday through Nov. 19.

But Next Not This (Hella Fresh Theater/The Hum'n'bards Performance Troupe, Fishtown). Two sisters have a bicoastal phone fight. Performed simultaneously in Philly and Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Sunday and Saturday and next Sunday.

Dare to Be Black (Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington). The saga of boxer Jack Johnson, whose success spurred the search for a Great White Hope. Wednesday through Nov. 12.

Red Herring (Act II Playhouse, Ambler). Michael Hollinger's noir comedy about love, mystery, and nuclear espionage. Tuesday through Nov. 19.

Return of the Phantom: A New Musical (Broadway Theatre of Pitman, N.J.). Twenty years later, a new opera debuts at the Paris Opera - and an older Phantom returns. Friday through Nov. 19.


Reviewed by Tirdad Derakhshani (T.D.), Julia M. Klein (J.M.K.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), John Timpane (J.T.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

Blithe Spirit (Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley). Noel Coward's threesome among a husband and two wives, one in this life, one in the next. Witty, sharp, even endearing. Ends next Sunday. - J.R.

Buyer and Cellar (1812 Productions, Plays & Players Theatre). Dito van Reigersberg (as in Martha Graham Cracker) plays Alex, who takes a job in Barbra Streisand's basement in Malibu. Van Reigersberg is fabulous, both satirical and affectionate toward Babs. Here we go! Ends next Sunday. - T.D.

Cabaret (Arden Theatre Company). Tuneful, stylish love triangle set in decadent 1931 Berlin. Sexy, sensuous, but oddly laid-back and loosey-goosey. Ends Sunday. - T.D.

Carousel (Media Theatre). Innovative production of the dark Rodgers and Hammerstein classic set at a merry-go-round in Maine. Beautifully sung production, but this classic musical is still a puzzle. Ends Sunday. - J.T.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Walnut Street Theatre). Big, vulgar, a little old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, with expert farceurs galore. Ends Sunday. - J.T.

Ideation (Theatre Exile). Stressed-out consultants meet to plan their presentation of a mysterious and shady project. Fast, funny, frightening, with great performances and a worthwhile theme. Through Nov. 5. - T.Z.

Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole (People's Light, Malvern). World premiere. Dulé Hill (West Wing, Psych) stars as Cole on the last night of his 1950s TV show. Hill is fabulous, as is Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr. Through Dec. 3. - J.T.

Long Day's Journey into Night (Quintessence Theatre Group/Sedgwick Theatre). Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical passion play. A very good performance; stunning work by E. Ashley Izard as Mary. Ends next Sunday. - J.T.

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy (Penn's Landing Playhouse). Brad Zimmerman's comic tale of long-term (and we do mean long-term) perseverance in pursuit of an artistic dream. Through Nov. 19.

The Nerd (Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown). An architect is visited by a strange young man who just happens to save his life. Ends Sunday.

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

Paradise (Passage Theatre, Trenton). A Muslim American teenager and her disgraced biology teacher form an unlikely partnership to research first love. Ends Sunday.

Rock of Ages (Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven, N.J.). Drew and Sherrie chase love and the rock-and-roll dream in Los Angeles. Lots of guitar and big hair. Ends Sunday.

The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope). Let's do the Time Warp again! As seasonal as pumpkin spice. Ends next Sunday.

The Swallowing Dark (Inis Nua/The Drake). Two refugees settle in Liverpool - and face threats to their asylum status. A worthy subject, but this production lacks excitement. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

TouchTones (Arden Theatre Company). World premiere of Michael Hollinger and Robert Maggio's musical about intimacy (or is it?) in the communications age. Through Dec. 3.

2.5 Minute Ride (Theatre Horizon, Norristown). Lisa Kron's bio-play about fathers, history, and a love of roller coasters. Leah Walton is expressive, energetic, funny, elegant. Ends next Sunday.- J.M.K.