Cabaret Red Light: At Rope's End A surprise visit by Gentleman Pirate Winthorp has Jack scrambling to make good on his Pirate Oath. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). cabaretredlight.com/sevenseas/home.html. $20. Closes 9/26.
Cape May Stage: Happy Days Samuel Beckett play about the meaning of existence & the relationships that bind people to one another. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. www.capemaystage.com. $35-$40; $30-$40 seniors; $12.50-$40 students. Closes 9/25.
Cape May Stage: TopDog / UnderDog Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two African American brothers coping with life's difficulties. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $35-$40; $30 seniors; $12.50 students. Closes 10/23.
Cold A disturbing, heart-pounding thriller by Race Brown. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-921-1108. $20. Closes 9/24.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde New take on the Robert Louis Stevenson story that offers a more complex interpretation of the relationship between the two men. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $31; $10 students. Closes 9/29. $36-$39; $10 students. Closes 10/17.
East Lynne Theater Company: Berkeley Square Romantic comedy/drama about a man drawn into the lives of his ancestors after becoming fascinated with their letters & diaries. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; Reservations required: 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $28; $23 seniors; $13 students; free under 12. Closes 10/23.
Everybody Loves Opal Comedy about a trio of con artists who set out to do in a friendly recluse for her insurance money. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984. $24-$35; $22-$33 seniors. Closes 10/2.
Ghost-Writer A novelist dies midsentence but his secretary keeps on taking dictation, despite facing much criticism. Can she prove she's not just a fraud? Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$48.
iChoosetoLive: When the Smoke Cleared Life spirals out of control for three young men struggling to get by. Help arrives, but is to too late? Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. ichoose2live.com. $20. Closes 9/29.
Jekyll & Hyde Musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $36-$42.50; $33.50-$38 seniors; $22-$25 children.
Jersey Boys: National Tour This musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, exploring their career & friendships. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 1-800-447-7400. www.jerseyboystour.com. $54-$201.50.
John & Jen Musical about one woman's relationships with her younger brother & her son. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $33-$38. Closes 10/17.
Last Rites Joseph M. Paprzycki's play is set in 1967 Camden amid the economic & social change caused by the local shipyard closing. Waterfront South Theatre, 400 Jasper St., Camden; 866-811-4111. www.southcamdentheatre.org. $15. Closes 10/3.
Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe: Iron Go behind prison bars to find Fay & Josie, a mother & daughter struggling to reconnect 15 years after a murder. Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St.; 215-218-4022. www.livearts-fringe.org. $15-$40. Closes 10/10.
Lost in Yonkers Pulitzer & Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon is a memory play set in Yonkers in 1942. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $25. Closes 10/2.
Macbeth Wilma Theater presents Shakespeare's tragedy. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $24.50-$59.
Man of La Mancha A musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century masterpiece. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; Box Office: 215-862-2041. $22. Closes 9/26.
Me & My Girl A man refuses to give up his lower-class girlfriend in order to claim the title of Earl. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; Box Office: 215-862-2041. $22. Closes 10/17.
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy One-man show based on playwright Steve Solomon's life growing up in a diverse & dysfunctional household. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $40-$45.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Drama about a man who gets himself committed & wins the admiration of his fellow patients, but the enmity of a fearsome nurse. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $25-$45; $25-$42 youth. Closes 10/16.
Philadelphia Urban Theater Festival: The Nigga Files A teacher tries to help five students on the verge of self-destruction after the death of a classmate. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 267-632-7815. $15 advance; $20 day of show. Closes 9/26.
Philly Urban Theater Festival Featuring 14 plays in a variety of genres penned by African American playwrights. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. www.putf.org. $20-$25. Closes 10/10.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee A hilarious musical about overachiever's angst. Theatre Horizon at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; Box Office: 610-283-2230. $27; $24 seniors; $18 students & children. Closes 10/3.
The Duchess of Malfi John Webster's thrilling tragedy comes to vibrant life in the Philadelphia Artists' Collective's inaugural production. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church, 315 S. Broad St.; Box Office: 1-800-838-3006. philartists collective.weebly.com. $15. Closes 10/9.
The Gate Called STRAIGHT Gospel stage play about a young woman's voyage of self-discovery. Temple University - Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.; ComcastTix: 1-800-298-4200. thegate calledstraight.com. $40-$75. 9/25. 8 pm.
The Night of the Iguana A tale of lust, love & redemption, told by playmaster Tennessee Williams. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8881. $16 advance, $20 day of show; $25 for two tickets on Thu. Closes 10/3.
The Philly Fan One-man play starring two-time Barrymore Award winner Tom McCarthy. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $35-$47.
The Threepenny Opera Mack the Knife is on the prowl through London's most virtuous whores & upstanding thieves in this raucous, outrageous & salacious musical. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$48; $5 student rush. Closes 10/5.
Titus Andronicus Tragedy about a betrayed general seeking revenge. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849 (4TIX). $20 advance; $25 day of show. Closes 10/2.
Ursinus Fringe Festival Original theatrical pieces by both professional groups & student/faculty ensembles. Ursinus College - Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 Main St., Collegeville; 610-409-3795. Free. Closes 9/25.
VI Degrees By Kash Goins, the 2009 NYC Downtown Urban Theatre Festival "Best Play" winner. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. $20. Closes 9/26.Mother Goose
Her classic stories. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9. Closes 9/25.
Puppets With History Puppet show, history lesson & original music. Kids will be treated to cookies & juice. Aces Museum, 5801 Germantown Ave. $10; $6 children. Closes 9/28.
Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Healthy Heroes Elmo & pals teach kids about healthy habits through fun song & dance numbers. Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center), 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600. www.sesamestreetlive.com. $12-$100. Closes 9/26.
The Magical Land of Oz This production of 'The Wizard of Oz' features songs set to hip-hop and calypso music. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; Reservations required: 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.All Shook Up
The story of a small town girl with big dreams & the motorcycle-riding fellow she falls for. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245. $15. Closes 9/25.
Biloxi Blues Neil Simon play about a man who's drafted during WWII & sent to Biloxi, MS for training, learning life lessons along the way. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $19. Closes 10/2.
On Golden Pond A spirited & lovable elderly couple face their twilight years. Colonial Playhouse, Ridley Ave., Clifton Heights; Box Office: 610-622-5773. $11-$12; $5 children 11 & under. Closes 9/25.
Southern Comforts The tale of a widow & widower who find romance with each other later in life. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, NJ; Reservations required: 609-466-2766. $27.50-$29.50. Closes 10/2.
Steel Magnolias Laugh & cry along with Truvy, Shelby & the rest of the gossipy Southern girls in a small-town beauty parlor. Playcrafters Theatre, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack; Reservations recommended: 610-584-4005. $15. Closes 10/9.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee A quirky assortment of youths compete for the title of spelling bee champion. Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $18. Closes 9/25.
The Children's Hour Lillian Hellman's look at the power of words. Wilmington Drama League, 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-764-1172. wilmingtondramaleague.org/childrens-hour/. $15; $12 seniors & students; $8 children. Closes 10/2.
The Foreigner English visitors arrive at a Georgia hunting lodge, where culture clash ensues. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $15; $8 students. Closes 10/2.
Three Days of Rain Interwoven stories about two generations: two architects who design a groundbreaking house, & many years later, their children. Villanova University - Vasey Hall, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-519-7474. $23-$25. Closes 10/3.Murder at the Irish Wake
Comic murder mystery centered on an Irish wake, where the dear departed may have had outside help in taking his leave. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $42.95.
Classical Music Brentano String Quartet
This group became the first string quartet to serve as resident artists at Princeton University. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. www.music.princeton.edu/~brentano
. Free. 9/24. 8 pm.
Camerata Philadelphia: Center City Series Works by Beethoven, Kodaly & Arensky; featured artists include violinist Tim Fain, cellist Stephen Framil & pianist Daniel Lau. Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St.; 215-360-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.camerataphiladelphia.org. $20; $10 students and seniors. 9/30. 8 pm.
Camerata Philadelphia: University City Series Works by Beethoven, Kodaly & Arensky; featured artists include violinist Tim Fain, cellist Stephen Framil & pianist Daniel Lau. West Philadelphia Catholic Conservatory, 4501 Chestnut St.; 215-360-2173 or email@example.com. www.camerataphiladelphia.org. $20; $10 students and seniors. 9/29. 8 pm.
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Mozart & Chopin Dirk Brosse conducts, w/Gabriela Martinez soloing on piano. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1709. www.chamberorchestra.org. Closes 9/27.
Glass Armonica Demonstrations Unique musical instrument invented by Ben Franklin. Franklin Court, 314-322 Market St. Free.
Liebesfreud Philadelphia ensemble devoted primarily to great literature of the string quartet. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.; 215-545-4302. www.liebesfreud.org. Free.
Orchestra 2001: Star Trek Joins Orchestra 2001 Marina Sirtis narrates R. Strauss 'Enoch Arden.' Also works by Golijov. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-893-1999. www.orchestra2001.org. $25; $15 seniors; free for students. 9/24. 8 pm. Swarthmore College - Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; $25; $15 seniors; free for students. 9/26. 7:30 pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra: College Concert Featuring works by Berlioz, Mendelssohn & Mahler, w/Charles Dutoit conducting & Joshua Bell featured on violin. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. Free for college students ages 17-30. 9/28. 8 pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Dutoit & Bell Works by Berlioz & Mendelssohn, w/Joshua Bell soloing on violin. Charles Dutoit conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $43-$130. Closes 9/25.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Watts Plays Grieg Featuring the music of Grieg & Shostakovich, with guest Andre Watts soloing on piano. Charles Dutoit conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $43-$130. Closes 10/5.
Stefan Engels, Organist The 1998 concerto gold medal winner of the Calgary International Organ Festival is also an assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College. First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, 130 W. Miner St., West Chester. Donations accepted. 9/26. 4 pm.
The Canadian Tenors Quartet who perform a mix of music from theater, classical, operetta & alternative world pop. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. www.canadiantenors.com. $35-$45. 9/30. 8 pm.Amici Opera: Marino Faliero
Donizetti's opera. Tabor Lutheran Church, 4860 N. Howard St. $22 advance; $25 day of show; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children. Closes 9/26.
Opera Seabrook: Carmen Bizet opera based on the novel by Prosper Merimee. Walt Whitman Arts Center, Second & Cooper Sts., Camden; 856-964-8300. www.operaseabrook.org. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students; $10 children. Closes 9/26.
The Life & Love of Joe Coogan Comic one-act opera based on a 'Dick Van Dyke Show' episode. Lehigh University - Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem; 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS). $18. Closes 9/26.
West Chester Area Community Chorus Fall Season Begins New members accepted during Sept. & Oct. No audition required. $10 seasonal membership fee. East High School, 450 Ellis Ln., West Chester; firstname.lastname@example.org. www.west chesterchorus.org. $10 membership fee.
Dance From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia
Celebration of Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community. Music, dancing, lecture & document display. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. Free. 9/30. 5:30 pm.
Israeli Dancing Informal weekly sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 ext. 19. $5.
Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe - Picking Up Pieces Explore the moment when you're facing the next step, reliving the journey & asking what's next. CHI Movement Arts Center, 1316 S. 9th St. www.livearts-fringe.org. $15. Closes 9/25.
Salsa Caliente Dance Party Lessons & dancing w/live bands. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. $25. 9/25. 9 pm.
Salsa Lessons & Dancing Lessons followed by open dancing w/DJ Rombero spinning salsa, merengue & bachata. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.
Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free.
Other performances Swans
Michael Gira founded the seminal NYC band Swans in 1982. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. swans.pair.com. $21 advance; $23 day of show. 9/28. 7:30 pm.