10+ Excellent Performing Arts Shows To See In Philly This October

Where to catch wonderful theater and dance this month...

With the weather growing chilly, October makes the perfect time of year for some soul-warming theater.

From classic Broadway musicals to in-your-face new plays, Philadelphia theater and dance has something for every taste this autumn.

Here are our picks for the best shows on stage this month.

How We Got On

Go back to the 1980s with Azuka Theatre in this modern look at life at the birth of hip hop, the first in a season of “pay what you decide” theater.

How We Got On

When:Through October 9
Where:Louis Bluver Theatre, 341 S. Hicks Street
Cost:Pay What You Wish

www.azukatheatre.org

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Photo courtesy Lantern Theater Company

George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire opens a new season from Lantern Theater Company.

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

When:Through October 16
Where:St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost:$15-$39

www.lanterntheater.org

Stupid F***ing Bird

A contemporary reworking of Anton Chekov’s The Seagull spreads its wings at the Arden Theatre Company mainstage.

Stupid F***ing Bird

When:Through October 16
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$36-$52

www.ardentheatre.org

South Pacific

Photo Courtesy Walnut Street Theatre

The palm trees sway at Walnut Street Theatre as they give an extravagant staging of this much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

South Pacific

When:Through October 23
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$95

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Grounded

A suburban mother-to-be has an unusual day job — hunting terrorists by drone — in new work from InterAct Theatre Company.

Grounded

When:Through October 23
Where:The Proscenium Theatre, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$25-$55

www.interacttheatre.org

The Birds

A new adaptation by Ireland’s best living playwright swoops into West Philly as Curio Theatre Company revisits the story which inspired the Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

The Birds

When:October 5-29
Where:Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:$15-$25

www.curiotheatre.org

Cinderella

Photo by A. Izilaev for Pennsylvania Ballet

Premier ballet company Pennsylvania Ballet launches an exciting 2016/17 season with a story of perseverance and love, Cinderella at the Academy of Music. The extravagant full length production, overseen by artistic director Angel Corella, takes its story from the well-known fairy tale of wicked stepsisters, crystal slippers, and midnight curfews.

Cinderella

When:October 13-23
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$135

www.paballet.org

The Plough and the Stars

A limited tour by Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theater, stops in Philadelphia with a classic story of rebellion and heroism to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin’s Easter Rising.

The Plough and the Stars

When:October 13-16
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$25-$55

www.annenbergcenter.org

In the Studio with Koresh Dance Company

Roni Koresh of Koresh Dance Company leads a discussion following a curated program of new works.

In the Studio with Koresh Dance Company

When:Saturday, October 15
Where:Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Square
Cost:$35-$50

www.koreshdance.org

Radiant Vermin

There’s no limit to what some people will do get their dream home in Inis Nua Theatre Company’s in your face new production.

Radiant Vermin

When:October 19-November 6
Where:The Drake Theater, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$25-$35

www.inisnuatheatre.org

Guards at the Taj

Though set in 17th-century India, this new play by Theatre Exile explores timeless themes of power and the powerless.

Guards at the Taj

When:October 20-November 13
Where:Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th Street
Cost:$10-$50

www.theatreexile.org

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