It's the summer of 1967, and the songs of Motown are breaking records and breaking barriers. Chelle and her brother, Lank, are running an unlicensed after-hours joint out of their basement -- risky business -- especially during a brutal police crackdown that has set off riots throughout the city. When Lank offers refuge to a mysterious stranger, he and Chelle clash. Pent-up emotions erupt, and they must navigate the chaos both outside and within. Experience the "mind-blowing" (The Huffington Post) Detroit '67 at Princeton's McCarter Theatre Center.
Frankenstein is the world's most iconic Gothic nightmare. It started on a cold, wet night in 1816, when Mary Shelley first dreamed of a "hideous phantasm," a man patched together from the parts of other men. And for 200 years, that same Creature has continued to lurch and lumber through countless more night-terrors, not to mention books, plays and movies -- his bone-chilling step never halting in two centuries. Come celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the greatest horror stories ever told, Mary Shelley's timely tale of humanity's obsession with knowledge and of the unintended consequences of scientific innovation, when Frankenstein lurches onto the stage of Philadelphia's Sedgwick Theater.
Duck and her father are doing great. At least that's what they'd like the social worker who's visiting today to believe. She doesn't need to know that Duck's father just woke up blind, or who that random Norwegian woman in the closet is. With the help of her own backup band, The Marvellous Duckettes, Duck is sure to persuade anyone and everyone that she and her dad are absolutely, positively, certifiably fine. The Monster in the Hall, a Scottish play with songs, makes its Philadelphia premiere at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, courtesy of Inis Nua Theatre Company.
The 2007 hit indie film Once -- which tells the story of a Irish busker and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their love of music -- not only spawned the Oscar-winning tune "Falling Slowly," but it also inspired this Tony-winning Broadway show. Now, the Arden Theatre Company transforms Philadelphia's F. Otto Haas stage into the streets and pubs of Ireland, where a talented cast of actor-musicians play their own instruments to bring this evocative story to vivid life.
Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham's emotionally powerful drama The Outgoing Tide tackles issues of family, forgiveness and fading memory. In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner -- tormented by the insidious grasp of an aging and deteriorating mind -- has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future. But he's met with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. Now, as winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding ... before the tide goes out. This touching family drama at the Players Club of Swarthmore is sprinkled with a surprising dose of humor and will have you asking yourself what it truly means to love someone.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Lynne Nottage's Sweat looks at Reading, Pennsylvania, a valley town of fiercely proud families who worked for generations in the plants and factories of a thriving county seat. Unions rule, well-paying jobs are coveted and politics are personal. As companies disappear, the men and women of Reading are rendered powerless as they watch their income, legacy and relationships follow suit. Based on Nottage's extensive research in Reading, Sweat shares the fear, tragedy and hopefulness of a Pennsylvania community being forced to accept inevitable change. See Sweat at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.
Sweeney Todd became a worldwide success, earning eight Tony Awards, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences around the globe. In the infamous tale, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens his new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's need for revenge inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. Also adapted by Tim Burton into a hit movie starring Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd now comes to The Media Theatre outside Philadelphia.