New This Week

In the Blood (Theatre Horizon) In Suzan-Lori Parks' play, this contemporary Hester and her five children struggle with homelessness. Previews Thursday-April 22, opens April 23.

The Three Musketeers (Quintessence Theatre Group) Athos, Porthos and Aramis swashbuckle in a new envisioning of this classic adventure. Previews Wednesday-Friday, opens Saturday.

To the Moon (1812 Productions) Scottie isn't Ralph Cramden, but he could be. Previews Wednesday-April 21, opens April 22.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe (Theatre Exile) George and Martha, Nick and Honey, alcohol and vitriol, shaken and stirred. Previews Wednesday- April 21, opens April 22.


And Then There Were None (Walnut Street Theatre) Agatha Christie's old chestnut of a mystery gets a caricature treatment in this production. Through April 26. - T.Z.

Because of Winn-Dixie (Delaware Theatre Company) This new girl-and-her-pet musical doesn't just feature a dog, it stars a dog. Through May 3.

Dirty Dancing (Academy of Music) In this stage version of the monster film hit, it's 1963 and Baby and Johnny are heating things up at a Catskills resort. But the nostalgia feels dusty, not sexy. Through April 25. - T.Z.

The Fair Maid of the West (Philadelphia Artists Collective) PAC has polished up this obscure Renaissance comedy and made it shine. Don't miss it! Ends Saturday. - T.Z.

The Hairy Ape (EgoPo Classic Theater) Eugene O'Neill's early exploration of class and alienation. Previews Wednesday, Thursday, opens Friday.

Hamlet (Wilma Theater) Director Blanka Zizka's stylistic choices - some dazzling, some puzzling - dominate this production, which seems to lack a central concept. Extended through May 2. - T.Z.

Lafferty's Wake (Society Hill Playhouse) The late Charlie Lafferty is getting a proper send-off in the pub he loved best - and the audience is part of the fun. Through next Sunday. - J.R.

Liberace! (Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio) There was no one else like Wladziu Valentino Liberace, as this cabaret show will remind you. Ends Sunday.

Macbeth (Arden Theatre Company) Alexander Burns directs Shakespeare's classic dark tale of ambition in a riveting production highlighted by the splendid Ian Merrill Peakes, who makes the famous "tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy his own. Through April 26. - T.Z.

Marry Me a Little (Montgomery Theater) Two lonely apartment dwellers tell their stories through Sondheim songs. Through May 3.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) This delightful production's only flaw - not enough of everything! Through May 17. - J.R.

National Pastime (Bucks County Playhouse) It's 1933. Can baseball save WZBQ in Baker City, Iowa? Through next Sunday.

Penelope (Inis Nua) In Enda Walsh's reimagining, as Penelope awaits the return of Odysseus, her last, desperate suitors explore their dread in an empty swimming pool. Through April 26.

Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre) Two outstanding performances illuminate this ambitious production of the Tony-winning musical about immigrants in America. Ends Sunday. - W.R.

Shadow of a Gunman (Irish Heritage Theater) When Donal Davoren is mistaken for a notorious IRA gunman, he goes along. Probably not such a good idea. Through April 26.

The Taming of the Shrew (Lantern Theater Company) This story of strong-willed Kate being subdued by determined Petruchio is fresh and funny, but a bit . . . tame. Through May 3. - J.R.

Tick Tick . . . BOOM! (Eagle Theatre) Jonathan Larson's precursor to Rent - the story of a young man worried that life is passing him by as he struggles to write his first musical - gets an engaging, accomplished production. Through April 25. - D.P.S.

Uncanny Valley (InterAct Theatre Company) Julian has been created to give a billionaire immortality. Claire's job is to teach him to be human. Two fine performances bring Thomas Gibbons' delicate, ingenious play to life. Through April 26. - D.P.S.