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5 Shows to see this spring

Must-see productions are sprouting up on stages across the city.

‘In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play’
Through April 3
Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.
Director Blanka Zizka continues to interpret the plays of Sarah Ruhl for Philadelphia audiences. “In the Next Room” received a Tony nomination for best new play in 2010. Set in the 1800s, the narrative chronicles the frustrations, comedy, ignorance and oppression surrounding sex in the 19th-century.

‘The Terrible Girls’
March 17-April 3
Latvian Society
531 N. Seventh St.
Jaqueline Goldfinger, literary manager for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, now has a play of her own ready for the stage. Azuka Theatre’s Allison Heishman directs this philosophical who-done-it, where the employees of a little diner are hiding a grisly truth.

‘Evie’s Waltz’
March 17-April 3
Simpatico Theatre Project, Adrienne Theater Complex 2030 Sansom St.
Carter W. Lewis explores a family coming apart at the seams as their teenage son drifts closer and closer to violence and rage. Simpatico’s Allen Radway directs.

‘Dublin by Lamplight’
April 26-May 14
Inis Nua Theatre Co.
Broad Street Ministries
315 S. Broad St.
Philly’s own British/Irish-only theater company is attempting their most daring show to date. With an experimental staging at the expansive Broad Street Ministries, director Tom Reing attempts to bring Michael West’s stylistic Dublin tale to life. The year is 1904, and the Irish National Theatre is looking to regain its former glory with a performance for the ages.

‘Saturn Returns’
April 28-May 22
Theatre Exile, Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American St.
Legendary local actor Harry Philibosian stars in Noah Haidle’s 2008 play. Originally produced at Lincoln Center in New York, “Saturn” peeks in on a man’s life at 28, 58 and 88 — tracing the great love of his life. Brenna Geffers directs.

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