Top Theater Shows to See Now in Philadelphia

Theater fans dive into Philly Theater Week Feb. 7-17, when more than 100 events from readings to full productions take over stages at venues across Philadelphia. All events are free or cost $15 or $30. Can’t get enough of the drama? Here are a few more top shows to see now.

“Charlotte’s Web”

This production adapts E.B. White’s beloved children’s book for the stage. Actors take on the roles of lovable pig Wilbur and his unlikely friend, the talented spider, Charlotte, who weaves a fantastical plan to save Wilbur’s life. Through Feb. 3. $22-$40, kids $22, teens $22-$26. Arden Children’s Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St., 215.922.1122, www.ardentheatre.org

“Charlotte’s Web”

 “On Golden Pond”

Forty years after it debuted on stage, Ernest Thompson’s heartwarming story about a cantankerous old man reconnecting with his daughter at their summer home continues to resonate today. Jan. 22-Feb. 10. See website for tickets. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, Pa., 215.785.0100, www.brtstage.org

“Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors”

The Olivier Award-winning playwright’s comedy takes place in 1930s Paris, where everything seems to go wrong just hours before “the concert of the century.” Jan. 15-March 3. See website for tickets. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215.574.3550, www.walnutstreettheatre.org

“Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors”

“Fallen Angels”

In this classic Noel Coward comedy, the seemingly tranquil lives of two friends are upended when a former lover announces his impending visit. Through Jan. 27. $25. Mauckingbird Theatre Company at The Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., 267.385.6910, www.mauckingbird.org

“Betrayal”

Called the “greatest, and the most moving, of all [Harold] Pinter’s plays” by the Daily Telegraph, “Betrayal” charts a love triangle in reverse chronological order. Along the way, the audience gains new insight into a relationship as it dies, falters, and then blooms. Through Feb. 17. $38-$43. Lantern Theater Company, St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St., 215.829.0395, www.lanterntheater.org

“Betrayal”

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”

The stage adaptation of the bestselling book electrifies Philadelphia, with original rock songs and an action-packed storyline that toe-taps through the world of the Greek gods. Jan. 22-27. From $20. Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 215.893.1999, www.kimmelcenter.org

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