Off-Broad Street Theater

Where Philadelphia - - Where Now - BY JOANN GRECO

Ac­cord­ing to The­atre Philadel­phia, nearly 40 pro­fes­sional com­pa­nies call the Greater Philadel­phia area home. The best part: not all of them are on Broad Street, the city’s “Av­enue of the Arts,” mak­ing it easy for you to broaden your hori­zons—both the­atri­cally and ge­o­graph­i­cally.


In Old City, the Ar­den The­atre in­tro­duces “John” (through Feb. 26) by Pulitzer Prizewin­ning play­wright An­nie Baker. The play cen­ters around a young Brook­lyn cou­ple as they con­front their trou­bled re­la­tion­ship. And if you’re in town the be­gin­ning of the month, don’t miss “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a fam­ily-friendly show ex­tended un­til Feb. 3. 40 N. Sec­ond St., 215.922.8900


Not far from Rit­ten­house Square at the historic Plays & Play­ers Theater, the hi­lar­i­ous 1812 Pro­duc­tions is at it again with “Game Show Spec­tac­u­lar” (Feb 20 -21). This spe­cial two-night event from one of the city’s fun­ni­est troupes promises a “mashup of Match Game, Pyra­mid and The Price is Right.” 1714 De­lancey Pl., 215.735.0630


In the hap­pen­ing Passyunk Square neigh­bor­hood, The­atre Ex­ile pre­mieres “Lost Girls” by John Pol­lono (Feb. 16 - March 12). Di­rected by Joe Canuso, the play ex­plores what hap­pens when a teenager goes miss­ing dur­ing a win­ter storm. “We like sto­ries with a lot of heart,” says Joe Canuso, the com­pany’s found­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor. “We are also drawn to plays that walk a fine line be­tween com­edy and tragedy. It’s a mystery, it’s a fam­ily drama, it’s a love story. The play­wright has a real feel for de­pict­ing small town, work­ing- class folk,” he adds. 1340 S. 13th St., 215.218.4022


Cen­ter City’s In­ter­Act The­atre brings to­gether two iconic rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, an­ar­chist Emma Goldman and civil rights ac­tivist Mar­cus Gar­vey, in a world premiere of Mary Tuo­ma­nen’s “MAR­CUS/ EMMA” (through Feb. 12). Be ad­vised: the play fea­tures strong lan­guage and some nu­dity, so pa­trons un­der 17 are not rec­om­mended. 302 S. Hicks St., 215.568.8079


Over in North­ern Lib­er­ties, EgoPo presents An­ton Chekhov’s “Seag­ull” (through Feb. 19). To en­hance the play’s sense of a show-within-ashow, the “whole theater is trans­formed into an el­e­gant sum­mer party,” says Lane Savadove, artis­tic di­rec­tor. Upon en­try, theater­go­ers are handed a glass of wine and en­cour­aged to wan­der through the woods where the per­for­mance is tak­ing place. 219 Vine St., 267. 273.1414


Once again blend­ing a po­tent stew of science and theater, the Lan­tern Theater near the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter presents the Philadel­phia premiere of “In­formed Con­sent” (through Feb. 12). Deb­o­rah Zoe Laufer’s provoca­tive work fol­lows a ge­neti­cist whose re­search brings her into con­flict with the sa­cred tra­di­tions of those she is try­ing to save, as well as raises ques­tions about her own fam­ily. 923 Lud­low St., 215.829.0395


On the Main Line, the well­re­garded res­i­dent com­pany, Peo­ple’s Light, is stag­ing “The Match­maker” (Feb. 15- March 12), a lesser-known farce from Thornton Wilder (of “Our Town” fame) that served as the in­spi­ra­tion for “Hello, Dolly.” 39 Con­estoga Rd., Malvern, PA, 610.644.3500


For some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, Nor­ris­town’s The­atre Hori­zon serves up the re­gional premiere of Heidi Schreck’s tough but hu­mor­ous “Grand Con­course” (Feb. 3-26), which is set in a Bronx soup kitchen. 401 DeKalb St., Nor­ris­town, PA, 610.283.2230

Lan­tern Theater


Ar­den Theatre

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