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One day a voice from the television screen spoke to her. Louise Seger was hooked. Making a special trip to a honky-tonk bar in Houston, Texas, Louise met her idol, Patsy Cline. Here was a woman that gave her soul a voice. Over a pot of strong coffee, a friendship began that would last until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. Through letters and visits, the two share the homespun stories of laughter and heartache that brought together a housewife and a legendary country singer. This fun-loving, crowd-pleasing musical features 27 classic songs, including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," "Back In Baby's Arms" and more.
This dazzling and inventive version of the most popular of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries is a celebration of all that is magical about theatre. Five transformable actors bring this comedy-thriller to joyful life. Ken Ludwig, best known for his widely produced comedies, Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, transforms Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic into a murderously funny adventure for the whole family.
Don't miss the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl that became "Dr. Ruth" When she was very young, Karola was forced to leave her family and flee from the Nazis in the Kindertransport. With no home to return to after the war, she joined the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper. She married, became a single mother and moved to America to pursue her dreams as Ruth Westheimer. "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place in this world as America's most famous sex therapist.
This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from misery to man who honors Christmas in his heart. The production features a large multi-generational cast and traditional carols, and our 1840s grist-mill theatre is the perfect setting for the story written in 1843. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.
A classic mainstay of Christmas in the Christmas City, devised by the Touchstone Ensemble – join us for the latest romp through merry music, holiday hilarity, and seasonal sweetness in Touchstone's annual variety show. Celebrate with The Old Guy, Little Red, The Pajama Sisters, and the immortal Shopping Cart Ballet!
Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they're welcome back at the diner, the one place they'll always belong. Infused with swinging 1950s rock and roll sound, three-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform Diner's groundbreaking evocation of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the stage.
In Exit Strategy, Holter turns his piercing eye to a dilapidated public school in Chicago targeted for closure and the power struggles that ensue among the faculty and students desperate to keep it open in this superb, thrilling play which earned raves from Chicago audiences and critics alike.
A great skating contest is announced, and the winner will receive a shiny pair of silver skates. But will Hans and his sister, with their wooden skates, be able to compete against children who own steel blades? Set in 19th century Holland, this new production celebrates the importance of grit and determination, the value of generosity, and the thrill of flying down the ice on a pair of skates.
Most enjoyed by families with children ages 6 and older.
An economic downturn puts a successful builder out of work and leaves him, his second wife, and their two children in dire straits. Feeling like burdens to their struggling parents, Hansel and Gretel run off in the middle of the night and try to survive on their own. On the verge of abandoning hope, they stumble upon a glorious house made out of gingerbread and are welcomed inside by a wealthy old woman who invites them to live with her. Have their lives been saved, or is the fantasy life they have found not what it seems to be? Complete with songs by David Cope, this contemporary retelling of Grimm's Hansel & Gretel will continue Quintessence's tradition of family classics for the holiday.
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!
In this fast-paced 2008 Primary Election fantasy, Lucas Hnath asks us to imagine an alternate universe, very much like our own, where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. With sly humor and astute psychological insight, Hnath spins a provocative story about gender, power and possibilities.
Bucks County Playhouse will celebrate the 2015 year-end holidays with the beloved classic film, performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast. An ensemble of over two dozen characters bring the story of George Bailey and his unforgettable redemption to live on stage. Written by Joe Landry, directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
In this lyrical, bittersweet comedy, George, a linguist consumed with preserving the dying languages of far-flung cultures, is losing his chance to preserve another language when its last two speakers refuse to talk to each other. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn't know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn't recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him. Is love a universal language or just a well-intentioned dream that leaves us all at a loss for words?
On a Connecticut tenant farm, on a barren patch of earth in 1923, two lost souls find hope under a lover's moon. In Eugene O'Neill's touching and heartbreaking play, Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It's been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. When James Tyrone Jr.'s mother dies, he returns to the farm to settle the estate. One night, under the autumn moon, he opens his heart to Josie. Sparks fly and hope burns anew as two "misbegotten" people come together.
When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. A breathtaking quest ensues to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? "Peter and the Starcatcher" takes a hilarious romp through Neverland. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will have audiences hooked from the moment they let their imagination take flight!
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, Red is a thrilling portrait of Mark Rothko. This brilliant abstract expressionist has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He has been chosen to create a series of murals for New York's historic Four Seasons Restaurant. As classical music blasts from his record player, the painter works feverishly with his young assistant, mixing paints and building canvases. His creative process brings us an intense portrait of the artist, exposing his ambition and his vulnerability. Join us in our studio as this working visionary meets his match with the blank canvas. Will Rothko's crowning achievement also be his undoing?
Hilarity abounds as guests arrive at the New York City Deputy Mayor's townhouse to find the host has shot himself (though it's only a flesh wound), his wife is missing, and there isn't any food! The party guests are desperate to hush up the scandal, if that's what it is, that surrounds their unseen host. As the confusion and miscommunication mount, the evening soon spins out of control in this non-stop laugh-out-loud Neil Simon farce.
This smart and funny two-character play follows the meeting of Olivia and Ethan, two writers with drastically conflicting sensibilities. Trapped overnight in a remote bed and breakfast during a snowstorm, they quickly discover passionate yearning, simmering competitiveness and growing uncertainty about each of their motivations and desires. Sex with Strangers is a co-production with George Street Playhouse.
Two worlds collide in this explosive new take on Shakespeare's lyrical Twelfth Night. Britain's Filter Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company pair classical verse with a riotous gig in this radically-cut and fast-paced story of romance, satire and mistaken identity.