Monday, September 3, 2012

On stage in September

POTTSTOWN -- Steel River Playhouse (formerly the Tri-County Performing Arts Center) presents the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary rock musical “Next to Normal” at 245 E. High St. in Pottstown. Running for just six performances over two weekends (Sept. 14- 23), “Next to Normal” is a compellingly honest story that is by turns comedic and moving.
On Sunday, Sept. 16 following the performance, audience members may ask questions of the director and cast during a Talkback.
Single ticket prices are Adults $19, Seniors (65+) $17 and Students/Children $15. There are two changes in ticketing policy this season; groups of 10 or more get a higher discount – $3 off per ticket. And tickets bought online - - are the same price as tickets purchased at the box office. To buy your tickets online visit  You may also call the box office at 610-970-1199.

READINGGenesius Theatre continues its season of classics with Agatha Christie’s “Witness For The Prosecution” opening Sept. 27 at  Genesius Theatre, 153 Walnut St. (10th and Walnut streets). To purchase tickets with all major credit cards and get more information please visit the website at or call 610-373-9500 to purchase tickets with credit cards only. For more information contact the theater at 610-371-8151. Genesius Theatre is handicap accessible and there is free parking aside of the theater (limited spaces available).

FLEETWOOD ‑- Fleetwood Community Theater’s annual Spaghetti & Song, “Love Is in The Air,” fundraiser features entertainment and an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Sept. 28 and 29 from 5- 8 p.m. at the Social Hall of St. Paul's UCC, 5 West Arch St., Fleetwood, Pennsylvania 19522. Dinner includes spaghetti with your choice of sauce, salad bar, garlic bread, dessert, and beverages. Adults pay just $10, Children (4-11) $8. For tickets, call (610) 944-3610.  With some of the area's best singer performing, plus a spaghetti dinner -- This is the entertainment bargain of the year.

Other area theater productions

Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown 18104  (610-432-8943)
Civic Theatre of Allentown will present a one-night only, staged reading of “8″ the new documentary play by Dustin Lance Black Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. for the benefit of and in partnership with the Pennsylvania Diversity Network. The Lehigh Valley premiere of this new play, which has been and will be produced in theaters and universities all over the country. A talk back will follow the performance to energize the discussion about marriage equality in the U.S.  “8″ demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8″ shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play. For tickets call the box office at 610-432-8943 or click the link below.

Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown (610-433-2333) presents “The marvelous Wonderettes,”  featuring classic '50s songs. Sept. 7 – Oct. 28.


Act II Playhouse, Ambler presents “4 Lads from Liverpool,” a tribute to the Beatles Sept, 4-30. (215-654-0200) or

Act 1 presents “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Sept. 26 to Oct. 7 at DeSales University Center for Performing Arts, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034 (610-282-3192)


Ephrata Performing Arts Center's Sharadin-Bigler Theater, Cocalico Street, Ephrata (717-733-7966) presents "The Night of the Iguana" Sept. 6-22


The Barley Sheaf Players, 810 N Whitford Road, Lionville, PA 19353  (610-363-7075) present the rock musical,  “Spring Awakening.”


People’s Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern (610-644-3500) presents  "Seven Guitars”  Sept. 12 through Oct. 7.

The Lantern Theatre Company presents “New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656” for a limited return engagement Sept. 4 – 23 . Tickets for are $20-$38 and are available online at or by calling the Lantern Box Office at (215) 829-0395. $10 student rush tickets are available 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID; cash only. Additional discounts are available for seniors and groups of 10 or more. Lantern Theater Company is located at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Old Academy Players present  Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” Sept. 14-30  at 3544 Indian Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129 (215-843-1109)

Plays and Players Theater 1812 Productions presents "This Is the Week That Is: The Election Special!" Sept. 27 through Nov. 4 at 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia (215-735-7356)

Walnut Street Theatre opens its 204th season with the American premiere of  “Love Story, the Musical.” It previews Sept. 4, opens Sept. 12 and runs through Oct. 21 on the WST main stage. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting or Ticketmaster.

Walnut Street Theatre for Kids presents  “Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great” Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787 or visit the website at


Forge Theatre presents the political thriller “Farragut North” Sept. 7-22 at 241 First Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460 (610-935-1920)

Playcrafters of Skippack present ‘Allo Allo’ Sept. 20 through Oct. 6 at 2011 Store Road, Skippack, (610-584-4005)


Players Club of Swarthmore present “Brighton Beach Memoirs” Sept. 14 -29 at 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore PA 19081 (610-328-4271)

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