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This semi-autobiographical Tony Award-winning play by American comedic genius, Neil Simon, follows the adventures of Eugene Morris Jerome as he is shipped off to boot camp during World War II. A classic coming of age tale told with wit, heart, and humor. The New York Times cheers "The laughter rarely stops in Neil Simon's joyous and unexpectedly rewarding comedy."
This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor's daughter Rosemary. The two work together to try defeat the dastardly Otto and save the professor in this car-chase and sword-fighting filled adventure.
Just in time for the holiday season, Broadway's musical comedy A Christmas Story, The Musical will take the stage. In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of gold. After two triumphant sold-out seasons on Broadway this hilarious musical makes its Philadelphia debut!
The episodic grandeur of Cervantes has been gloriously rendered by Keith Dewhurst into a splendid ensemble showcase.
Harvey, the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway and Hollywood comedy, pulls laughter out of the hat at every turn. Elwood P. Dowd is charming and kind with one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood starts to introduce his friend to guests at a society party, his sister Veta can't take it anymore. In order to save the family's social reputation, Elwood's sister takes him to the local sanatorium. But when the doctor mistakenly commits his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood and Harvey slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Everyone needs a best friend, and ours is Harvey!
Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical is based on the film musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra and inspired by The Philadelphia Story. Tracy Lord, a wealthy socialite, is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband appears to try and win her back. When charming tabloid reporter Mike Connor arrives to cover the nuptials, he too takes a shine to the bride-to-be. As the day of the wedding draws closer who will the bride choose? Audiences are invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it's going to be! Featuring hit songs including "I Love Paris," "Let's Do It," and the unforgettable "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" audiences will fall in love with Broadway's musical comedy, High Society.
"If you value your life, keep away from the moor!" This mysterious, unsettling note troubles Henry Baskerville on his journey to the desolate moorlands of Baskerville Hall. A terrifying curse has haunted his family for generations and, as the manor's most recent heir, young Henry could be its next victim. Only Sherlock Holmes can help, or he would... if he weren't a bit of a buffoon! One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved Holmes mysteries gets a zany makeover when performed by a trio of endearing clowns and klutzes. Cheeky and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises, brilliant theatrical invention, and a new twist on the greatest detective of all time. "Only the most pure of purists could fail to be entertained by this very funny and inventive take on one of the great archetypes of English literature." –British Theatre Guide
Jesuit priest and award-winning playwright, Bill Cain (Equivocation, 9 Circles) brings personal history, humor, and heart to this moving new play about a man who must care for his funny, maddening, and dying mother. A family portrait that is a tribute to the intimate details of our lives, Bible is "an act of grace, a benediction… and rewardingly real." (Washington Post)
Join us for Alan Ayckbourn's sensational comedy of chance where each road taken is dictated by the audience, leading to a world of outrageous outcomes. One play, two actors, 16 possible endings—and where it goes is entirely up to you!
Love. It's a funny thing, isn't it? One minute, we think we've found the love of our life, and the next, the object of our love has fallen for someone else. Sometimes, our insecurities blind us from love that is knocking at our door. And sometimes, unfortunately, we find that we've fallen for a bit of an ass.
Such are the challenges that face the characters in William Shakespeare's fantastical take on the confusing and often capricious nature of romantic love, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
This timeless classic is Shakespeare's meditation on erotic fascination. From the lowest to the mightiest, we are all equally helpless victims of the sense of humor of this most fickle of gods. Love comes as suddenly as death, and we are all but consumed with sexual passion. And yet, the Bard helps us to relax and trust that, even in spite of all our vain efforts to control our own destiny, we will be treated gently, and somehow all will be well in the end.
A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. This farce ran in London over eight years and also delighted Broadway audiences.
Michael Frayn's uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on-and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre touring company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. It is the perfect show to welcome in the Spring.
"Hilarious," "Intelligent," "Provocative," "Scorching" all describe Robert Dubac's new solo show The Book of Moron! If you liked last season's The Male Intellect, you'll love this show. Combining theater with stand-up, Dubac crashes head first into the barriers of sex, race, religion, politics and the media. And he's not alone. With mesmerizing ease, he portrays multiple characters who all take turns beating the hornet's nest of hype and spin with the big stick of knowledge. It's comedy on steroids. Think your funny bone can handle it?
When wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies), this uplifting musical is filled with toe-tapping songs, outrageous show-stopping dancing and a truly moving story. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!
Growing up in her father's house, Katherine has always ruled the roost but now finds herself eclipsed as her seemingly sweet younger sister Bianca comes of age. Kate is trapped, unable to endure the silly suitors of Padua and unwilling to let her little sister outshine her. Enter cunning (but possibly mad) Petruchio, the first man to ever keep up with her quick wits and sharp turns. It's Shrew as you have never seen it before – the battle of the sexes becomes a tango in which Kate and Petruchio must face the music and dance...literally. Their courtship is both captivating and combative, but the question remains: who is going to lead? "Nobody does Shakespeare comedy better than Lantern Theater Company!" -CurtainUp
Passionate poetry, soaring romance and swashbuckling sword fights, Quintessence's new adaptation of Dumas' The Three Musketeers will unleash this epic adventure as you've never experienced it before.
With a new script by Quintessence ensemble members Mattie Hawkinson, Josh Carpenter, Sean Close and Artistic Director Alexander Burns, Quintessence will bring to vivid life 17th century France, King Louis XIII, Queen Anne, Cardinal Richelieu, d'Artagnan and the Three Inseparables.