Philadelphia Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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With the thriving Philadelphia arts scene, options for a night at the theater include everything from international performances to a production from the high school down the block. For the Philadelphia theater fanatic, the following list of productions will keep you busy all spring and into the summer with local talent.
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Second Stage at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-2848

Dates: April 11 to May 5

This is the world premiere of this production by Philadelphia’s very own Jacqueline Goldfinger, a rising young local writer. From Flashpoint Theatre Company comes a drama that pulls on your heartstrings, unveiling a story about fear, violence and the need to move forward. Set in a Florida town, “Slip/Shot” twists and turns with racial tensions coming into play. This performance reminds viewers that accidents can have serious consequences.

“A Wrinkle In Time”
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People’s Light & Theatre Company
39 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 644-3500

Price: $25 to $35
Dates: April 26 to May 20
Click here for tickets and full schedule.

This play is a family-friendly journey through space and time. Based off the novel “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, this performance takes audiences on an adventure not unlike a science-fiction version of “Alice In Wonderland.” On a journey that transcends the space-time continuum, three specially gifted children embark on a search for their missing scientist father with only an eccentric spirit guide to help them on their way. The theatrical stylings at People’s Light make it a favorite in the Philadelphia area, and tickets are even half-price for the April 26 and May 13 performances, so plan in advance.

Related: A Guide to Theater And Arts Entertainment For the Family

“The Walworth Farce”
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Off-Broad Street Theatre @ First Baptist Church
1636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 454-9776

Price: $20 to $25
Dates: May 8 to May 27
Click here for tickets and full schedule.

The Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the Philadelphia premiere of this award-winning Irish play for all fans of dark comedy and overseas accents. The opening theatrics will paint a twisted portrait of a father and his two sons, then plunge you deep into the shocking mythology of one family stuck in the stories of their past. The performance portrays a play within itself as actors take on characters acting out their own flashy production. Audiences will be drawn into a web of insanity, family history and farce.

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Arden Theatre Co.
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1122

Price: $29 to $45
Dates: May 24 to July 1
Click here for tickets and full schedule.

From the Barrymore Award-winning team of “Baby Case,” this musical brings to life the tale of the first known economic bubble in a whirlwind of greed, love, sex and money. Before the mortgage crisis or the dot-com bubble, this story gives the squalid details of how far a man would go to get his hands on a tulip during the Netherlands’ 17th century tulip craze. Prices rose astronomically and men became wealthy overnight, but as gravity dictates, what goes up must come down. Find out what happens on stage as six strangers meet in an Amsterdam bar and recall this happening in song and dance.

“Etched In Skin On A Sunlit Night”
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InterAct Theatre Company – Mainstage at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Price: $18 to $40
Dates: June 1 to June 24
Click here for tickets and full schedule.

Written by a rising writer in American theatre, this intense drama broaches topics of culture clash, lust, betrayal and personal identity. The plot follows an African-American painter who mysteriously fled the U.S. to make a home in Iceland. However, she yearns to return as the political climate changes with Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. While her new family in Iceland struggles with the internal conflict, a turn of events will bring the woman’s dark past to light and expose the demons within.

Related: A Guide to Broadway Theaters in Philadelphia

Lindsay Lewis is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at

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