12 Awesome Plays Hitting Philadelphia Stages This October

October brings Broadway musicals, improv performances and more to Philly...

Philadelphia’s theater season gets fully into swing in October, with productions by companies small and large.

Whether you like dialogue-driven shows that explore the human condition or extravagant musical spectaculars, you’ll find a play to love on Philly stages this month.

There are a lot of great shows this month, so here are some suggestions to help you choose.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Photo courtesy Walnut Street Theatre

All roads lead to comedy in Walnut Street Theatre's ongoing production of Stephen Sondheim's much-loved musical.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

When:Through October 22 (select dates)
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$97

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Kinky Boots

Photo by Matt Crockett

Songs by Cyndi Lauper power an uplifting Broadway hit about a parochial shoemaker who enters the world of international fashion.

Kinky Boots

When:Through October 8
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25-$96

www.kimmelcenter.org

Faustus

Inventive physicality and puppets enliven a new production of Christopher Marlowe's timeless story of a man who sells his soul to the devil.

Faustus

When:October 3-8
Where:Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$25

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The Swallowing Dark

Inis Nua Theatre raises questions of identity and belonging with an evocative new play that traverses Britain and Africa.

The Swallowing Dark

When:October 4-22 (select dates)
Where:Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$25-$35

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Photo courtesy Quintessence Theatre Group

A company known for vibrant modern takes on classic theater, Quintessence Theatre Group turns its skills to Eugene O'Neill's great American play.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

When:October 4-22 (select dates)
Where:The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$15-$50

www.quintessencetheatre.org

Buyer & Cellar

Powerhouse actor-drag star Dito Van Reigersberg plays Barbra Streisand and a host of other characters in a new comedy about an out-of-work actor in a dream job.

Buyer & Cellar

When:October 5-29 (select dates)
Where:Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:$28-$42

www.1812productions.org

Ideation

An office brainstorming session takes profoundly horrifying turns in Theatre Exile's contemporary drama.

Ideation

When:October 12-November 5 (select dates)
Where:The Latvian Society of Philadelphia, 531 N. 7th Street
Cost:$10-$50

www.theatreexile.org

TouchTones

Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Y2K returns to the Arden Theatre with a world premiere musical about love and technology on the cusp of a new millennium.

TouchTones

When:October 19-December 3 (select dates)
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$37-$52

www.ardentheatre.org

Destiny Estimate

A new play by acclaimed transgender playwright MJ Kaufman contemplates death, memory, and storytelling.

Destiny Estimate

When:October 19-29
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House
Cost:$15-$25

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But Next Not This

Former poete maudit of local theater John Rosenberg returns with an unusual staging of realistic playwriting: a play which takes place in L.A. and Philadelphia simultaneously.

But Next Not This

When:October 21, 22, 28 and 29
Where:1318 Crease Street
Cost:$5-$10

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Blood Wedding

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

A Hungarian director works with the Wilma Theater's acting company on this lyrical romantic work of symbolist theater by Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca.

Blood Wedding

When:October 25-November 19 (select dates)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10-$30

www.wilmatheater.org

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