10+ Must-See Theater Shows Hitting Philadelphia In April

Theater blooms in Philadelphia this April....

It’s springtime for theater this April, with world premieres and classic revivals being staged by both local and national companies.

Pick your bouquet of theatrical delights, including immersive theater, foot-tapping musicals and quirky performance art.

Here are 10 shows we’re looking forward to this month.

Parrot Talk

Existential parrots take to the stage and explore language in an experimental new play at Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Parrot Talk

When:Through April 30
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street
Cost:$15

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Hand to God

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Puppets — yes, actual puppets — sock it to authority in a Philadelphia Theatre Company production of the irreverent Broadway hit.

Hand to God

When:Through April 30
Where:Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost:$15-$62

www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

Jerry’s Girls

Song and dance light up the Walnut Street Theatre in this tribute to the Broadway songster responsible for Hello, Dolly! and Les Cage aux Folles.

Jerry’s Girls

When:April 4-July 2
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$35-$40

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Cabaret

CabaretPhoto by Joan Marcus

Performance and politics mesh in a touring production from Roundhouse Theater Company of the classic musical set in 1930s Germany.

Cabaret

When:April 4-9
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$120

www.academyofmusic.org

#IAMMADEOFSTARS

In making “the most important work of art ever created,” Almanac Dance Circus Theater explores pretension and art creation.

#IAMMADEOFSTARS

When:April 6-8
Where:Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th Street
Cost:$10

www.goodgoodcomedy.com

The Light Princess

Arden TheaterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A fairy tale about a young girl who can’t touch the ground takes flight at Arden Theatre Company in this world premiere adaptation.

The Light Princess

When:April 5-June 2
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$18-$36

www.ardentheatre.org

Gumshoe

Explore the depths of the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Library and enter a detective story in which you’re the detective with inventive theater-makers New Paradise Laboratories. It's a companion work to new exhibitions at the library on mystery writers.

Gumshoe

When:April 8-May 7
Where:Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.freelibrary.org

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Photo by Joan Marcus

Ready to rock? The Forrest Theatre goes glam with a high-energy touring production of the smash Broadway musical all about rock and roll. The score hits high notes (literally) with music that harkens back to the 1970s glam-rock style of David Bowie and early-punk performers like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

When:April 18-23
Where:Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost:$62-$122

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pollyanna: An Experiment in Tiny Plays

Ten local theatermakers write 10 new short plays and give them to each other to direct and perform.

Pollyanna: An Experiment in Tiny Plays

When:April 23
Where:Headlong Performance Institute, 1170 S. Broad Street
Cost:$5-$10

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Nice and Fresh

The freshest revue of new dance and theater returns to Mt. Airy when Automatic Arts presents four short works by local creators.

Nice and Fresh

When:April 28-29
Where:Moving Arts Studio-Mount Airy, 6819 Greene Street
Cost:$7

www.automaticartsco.com

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