Bootless Stageworks: Jerry Springer - The Opera The 2003 British musical based on 'The Jerry Springer Show' is designed to "shock, rock, offend & entertain." Closes 10/20. OperaDelaware Studios, 4 South Poplar St., Wilmington; Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com. www.bootless.org. $25; $20 seniors; $18 students and military.
Cape May Stage: The Belle of Amherst A play based on the life of writer Emily Dickinson. Closes 10/27. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. capemaysytage.org. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.
Cape May Stage: Time Stands Still Play by Donald Marulies. Closes 10/13. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students; half price on 9/12 and 9/13.
Childe Byron An ill Ada Byron Lovelace engages in a relevatory imagined conversation with her dead father, Lord Byron. Closes 10/13. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546. $18 advance; $20 day of show.
Cooking With The Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano! 'Live broadcast' of a cable channel cooking show hosted by 2 colorful Italian sisters. Closes 11/4. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. www.thecalamarisisters.com/cooking.html. $45.
Curio Theatre: The Runner Stumbles Milan Stitt's drama about a priest accused of murder in a remote Michigan town. Closes 11/10. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 801 S. 48th St; 215-525-1350. www.curiotheatre.org. $10-$20.
East Lynne Theater Company: It Pays to Advertise Madcap comedy about advertising. Closes 10/13. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org. $30; $25 seniors; $15 students.
Frank Runyeon: Afraid! The Gospel of Mark One-man play with text from the Gospel of Mark, translated into modern American speech, with audience interaction. Closes 10/12. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 121 High Street, Mount Holly; 609-267-0225. /runyeonproductions.com/plays/afraid.html. $15 advance; $20 day of show; $12 students and seniors.
Girl He Loves Me Drama about domestic violence & making peace w/one's past. Closes 10/14. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-324-0632. www.darnellrichardson.com. $22 advance; $28 day of show.
Gutenberg! The Musical 2 aspiring playwrights try to get backers for their new work, a musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Closes 11/4. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $33-$38; $15-$20 students.
Hairspray A teenager wins a spot on a TV dance program, then launches a campaign for social justice. Closes 11/4. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $49; $44 seniors; $27 children.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change 'I Love You' features a series of interconnected vignettes and songs exploring the ups and downs of love and romance. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars; 609-492-9477. $36-$54; $18-$27 children 12 and under.
Love Story The tale of the romance between a man & a woman from different worlds. Closes 10/21. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.
Luna Theater: Seventy Scenes of Halloween Contemporary married life explored through both humor & horror. Closes 11/3. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-704-0033. www.lunatheater.org. $15-$30.
Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers An actor portraying Twain shares some of the author's classic writings + some of his lesser-known works. Closes 11/4. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$40; $25 children 17 and under.
Next to Normal Pulitzer-winning drama about a family in crisis. Closes 11/4. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.
Oleanna David Mamet drama about a college professor who finds himself accused of sexual harrassment. Closes 10/14. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100.
Private Eyes Presented by Stockton Theatre. Closes 10/14. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Absecon; 609-652-9000. $8; $6 seniors and students.
Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood A missing soldier's past harbors a mysterious secret in this stage adaptation of 'The Sign of the Four.' Closes 11/25. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25-$32; $22-$29 seniors; $10 students and children.
The Assasination of Jesse James Part of the American Vaudeville Festival. Presented by EgoPo. Closes 10/28 Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX). $20-$50.
Bunnicula A family's dog & cat become suspicious of their new pet rabbit, who has some unusual habits. Closes 10/14. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; TheaterMania: 866-811-4111. $10; $8 children under 12.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! Clifford, one of America's most beloved dogs, is coming, live, to a theater near you. Closes 10/14. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. $18.50-$27.50.
A Free Man of Color A New Orleans man finds himself deprived of his stature after the Louisiana Purchase brings segregation to the area. Closes 10/14. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 215-717-6450. $20; $10 students and seniors.
An Evening of One-Act Plays 'The Problem' by A.R. Gurney & 2 works by Ethan Cohen. Closes 10/12. Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $10.
An Evening of One-Act Plays (Part Deux) 'Caught in the Act' by Bruce Kane, 'Sure Thing' by David Ives & 'Fidelity Farce' by Bruce Diamond. Closes 10/13. Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $10.
MN Players: A Clean House The story of a joke-loving housekeeper & her employer, a doctor who falls for one of his patients. Closes 10/14. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-1079. www.mnplayers.org. $20.
MN Players: A Clean House The story of a joke-loving housekeeper & her employer, a doctor who falls for one of his patients. Closes 10/14. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-1079. www.mnplayers.org. $12-$15.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival Winners Winning works will be performed by Temple undergrads under the direction of theatre professionals. Closes 10/13. Temple University - Randall Theatre, 1301 West Norris St.; Reservations required. www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org. Free.
The Bad Seed Classic thriller presented by Bridge Players Theatre Company. Closes 10/21. Bridge Players Theatre at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 36 East Broad St., Burlington; 856-303-7620. $18.
The Fox on the Fairway Ken Ludwig's furiously paced comedy. Closes 10/20. Village Players of Hatboro, 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro; Reservations required: 215-675-6774. $12.
The Wildest, Hip, Cool & Swinging Celebration of the musical legacy of Louis Prima, Keeley Smith & others from their era. Closes 11/10. Off-Broad Street Theatre, Five S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.
Murder Mystery Dinner: A Foul Weather Fiend Rivalries & resentments among members of an arts group soon lead to murder. Closes 10/27. Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $45; $15 children.
Murder Mystery Luncheon: A Foul Weather Fiend Rivalries & resentments among members of an arts group soon lead to murder. Closes 10/28. Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org. $30; $15 children.
Classical Music Astral Artists: Ilya Pole, Pianist
Astral Artists welcomes pianist Ilya Poletaev to the stage at Trinity Center for Urban Life for his Philadelphia solo recital debut. Poletaev is quickly becoming recognized as one of today's most original and compelling classical artists. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-735-6999. $20; $18 seniors; $5 students under 30. 10/14. 3 pm.
Copeland String Quartet Featuring four Delaware Symphony Orchestra players. Smyrna Opera House, 107 South Main Street, Smyrna. www.copelandstringquartet.com. $16. 10/14.
Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor Concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Strauss & Britten, w/John de Lancie narrating. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.curtis.edu. $5-$45. 10/15. 8 pm.
Elizabeth Pitcairn, Violinist Violin virtuoso performs on the Stradivarious made famous in the film 'The Red Violin.' Bucks County Performing Arts Center at Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main St., Morrisville; 215-493-3010. www.elizabethpitcairn.com. $18; $15 seniors; $10 students. 10/13. 7:30 pm.
Lynn McGrath Lynn McGrath is a classical guitarist. Settlement Music School - Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St.; 215-336-0400. 10/14. 3 pm.
New Age Brass Central Pennsylvania brass quintet that pusshes the boundaries of the standard chamber music repertoire. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-656-6466. newagebrass.com. Donations accepted. 10/14. 2 pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Opening Night Season opening concert w/conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin & soprano Renee Fleming. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. 10/18. 7 pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Season Preview Concert Preview of works coming up in the 2012-13 season, led by the Orchestra's assistant conductor, Cristian Caelaru. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; Tickets required: 215-893-1999. www.philaorch.org. Free. 10/13. 8 pm.
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Late medieval & Renaissance music performed on period instruments. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8855. www.piffaro.com. $35-$40; $30-$35 seniors; $15 students. 10/12. 8 pm.
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Late medieval & Renaissance music performed on period instruments. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; 215-732-2515. www.piffaro.com. $35-$40; $30-$35 seniors; $15 students. 10/13. 8 pm.
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Late medieval & Renaissance music performed on period instruments. The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington; 215-235-8468. www.piffaro.com. $35-$40; $30-$35 seniors; $15 students. 10/14. 3 pm.
Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque ensemble. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. www.tempestadimare.org. $36. 10/17. 10:30 am.
The Philadelphia Trio Piano trio. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476. $20. 10/14. 3-4:30 pm.
Voice of This Generation/Network for New Music: The Voice Electric Innovative works by young Philadelphia composers. Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. $20-$30. 10/12. 7:30 pm.
Zukerman ChamberPlayers Renowned violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman performs with several of his proteges. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $38-$54. 10/15. 7:30 pm.
Dance Autumn Dance & Social
Social and networking event for the 40 plus age gorup. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia. www.pbsninfo.com
. $15. 10/12. 8 pm.
Ceili Dance Weekly dance sessions organized by John Shields & Cass Tinney. The Commodore Barry Club (The Irish Center), 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. 10/17.
Drumline Live A talented ensemble of dancers & musicians perform lively brass music as well as contemporary urban tunes. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. www.drumlinecasting.com. $20-$47. 10/17, 10/18.
First State Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky ballet w/staging by Artistic Director Pasha Kambalov. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263. www.firststateballet.com. $28-$48. 10/13, 10/14.
Israeli Dancing at Germantown Jewish Centre Easy & intermediate level Israeli dance session. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507. $5. 10/14.
Jhulna Indian classical dance & music performance. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 10/12, 10/13, 10/13.
Koresh Dance Company Philly-based dance company that blends jazz, modern & ballet. Stockton Performing Arts Center, College Dr., Absecon; 609-652-9000. www.koreshdance.org/. $25-$40. 10/16. 7 pm.
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Lubovitch's choreography style could be called "contemporary romantic." Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.lubovitch.org. $20-$55. 10/12, 10/13, 10/13.
NIA: The Joy of Movement for People Impacted by Cancer Dance, martial arts & healing arts combine in NIA. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; Reservations required: 215-879-7733. Free. 10/13, 10/16.
Pennsylvania Ballet: Giselle Romantic ballet about a peasant girl who falls for a prince. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. www.paballet.org. $15-$125. 10/18.
Step Afrika! An exciting dance form combining rhythmic footwork, body percussion & spirited vocalizing. Temple University - Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad St.; Liacouras Center Box Office: 800-298-4200. www.stepafrika.com. $15-$25. 10/18. 7:30 pm.
Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in the fun. Plough & The Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free. 10/14.
Other performances Back in Time Soul Sessions
Time, 1315 Sansom St. Free.
Bucks County Cabaret A one-night only benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 212-840-0770 x268. $75-$300. 10/13. 7 pm.
Eddie Bruce Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.
Peter Nero & the Philly Pops: Dancing & Romancing The Pops & performers Joan Hess & Kirby Ward present a tribute to legendary dancers like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.phillypops.org. $34.50-$99.
Squidling Brothers Sideshow: Carnivolution A monthly DIY circus show full of puppets, costumes & guest sideshow & circus. Tiberino Museum, 3819 Hamilton St. www.squidlingbros.com. $10.