Elfreth’s Alley “Fashioning Philadelphia” Rotation Exhibit
The Museum of Elfreth’s Alley is hosting a fashion show fundraiser at the Painted Bride Art Center Saturday, May 26. Watch the latest fashions strut down the runway in one of Philadelphia’s most historic landmarks, featuring fashions from local boutiques including Three Sirens, Urban Princess, Kaleidoscope and US*U.S. Encourage new designers from Cut & Sew and Drexel University’s fashion design students as they show off their latest creations. Light refreshments will be served prior to the show. This fundraiser will benefit educational efforts at The Museum of Elfreth’s Alley, including the installation of the new exhibit, “Fashioning Philadelphia.”
Painted Bride Art Center at 230 Vine St.
Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $25; $15 with college ID
“Identity Crisis: Luna Theater Play Festival”
For Luna Theater’s 10th season, see 10 world premiere plays, 10 minutes each as part of the Identity Crisis Play Festival. For one week only, debut performances include “Inbox:Empty or AirPort:Scanning” (Kate Brennan), in which two awkward, lonely souls meet in a local gym, but someone or something is there to help them connect, even if it’s against their will. Another offering is “Little World” (Joy Cutler), in which renowned Empress of Russia Catherine the Great waits after her death in limbo at a restaurant. How can she reclaim her notoriety and escape “this little world?” Then there’s “Shelly” (Alex Dremann), where while waiting for a train, Ben is accosted by a stranger who claims knowledge of a gruesome crime — a stranger who looks exactly like Ben. Yet another one of the shows is “The Homeschooling of Jonathan Anderson (Sean Christopher Lewis) — Johnny’s parents are determined to teach him a lesson about the true value of freedom — even if he has to kill them both to learn it.
Playground at the Adrienne Theater at 2030 Sansom St.
Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 3
Tickets: $15-28; $18 for students
Inus Nua Presents “The Walworth Farce”
Dinny pushes sons Blake and Sean to join him in a re-enactment of the stories behind their flight from Cork to this bleak council flat in London. Existing almost solely within these stories, the family performs its daily ritual, but on this day their play will be knocked off course.
Inis Nua Artistic Director Tom Reing was drawn to this play-within-a-play because he is “fascinated by the idea that the story we tell is the life we lead. This play tells its story in a way that is both absurdist and hyperrealistic, as many of Enda Walsh’s plays do. … I’m very excited to be presenting our second Walsh play to Philadelphia audiences.”
Directed by Tom Reing and starring Jake Blouch, Leslie Nevon Holden, Harry Smith and Bill Van Horn
First Baptist Church at 1636 Sansom St.
Now through Sunday, May 27
Lantern Theater Co.’s “The Island”
“The Island” is Robben Island, South Africa’s notorious prison, where John and Winston are political prisoners and cellmates. After absurdly grueling days laboring under the sun, they return to their dark cell to rehearse a makeshift performance of Sophocles’ play “Antigone.” Winston takes the part of young Antigone, who defies the laws of the state for the sake of her conscience. John takes the part of Creon, the king, who is so desperate to hold onto power that he will crush any dissent. Rehearsals in the cramped cell will test their friendship and strain their resilience in this gripping, vivid portrait of apartheid-era struggle. This modern classic by Tony Award winners Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona celebrates hope, passion and the strength of friendship.
St. Stephen’s Theater at 10th and Ludlow streets
Now through Sunday, June 10
Tickets range from $20 to 36
Kimmel Center presents: Kristin Chenoweth
Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, and film with the captivating grace that only she can project. Beloved by Broadway fans for her triumphant Tony-nominated star turn as the original Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, she has also appeared on ABC’s Pushing Daisies, and Fox’s runaway hit, Glee. As a concert artist, she has performed to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall, Donmar Warehouse, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more. Be there as Kristin Chenoweth makes her highly-anticipated concert debut at the Academy of Music!
The Kimmel Center at 1500 Walnut St.
Friday, June 1, 8 p.m.