ON STAGE: ‘God of Carnage’ at Montgomery Theater and much more

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The following is a sampling of theater/stage productions in the region:
Montgomery Theater: Two sets of parents meet to resolve an altercation between their 11-year-old sons, but rum spoils the discussion. “Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award winning play is a study in character and human relationships, as two sets of parents meet to discuss and resolve an altercation between their 11 year old boys. As the rum flows and the discussion cuts too deep, the civilized meeting devolves and exposes the savage underbellies of all involved,” according to information provided. “God of Carnage” runs through Oct. 4 at the theater, 124 Main St., Souderton. Admission ranges in price from $24-$35 for single tickets. Tickets are available at www.montgomerytheater.org or by calling (215) 723-9984, ext. 10.

A scene from "God of Carnage" starring  Damon Bonetti, Nathan Foley, Sarah Fraunfelder and Charlotte Northeast. Photo by Angela McMichael

A scene from “God of Carnage” starring  Nathan Foley, Charlotte Northeast,  Sarah Fraunfelder and Damon Bonetti.
Photo by Angela McMichael

A scene from "God of Carnage." Photo by Angela McMichael

A scene from “God of Carnage.”
Photo by Angela McMichael

Laymen Playmen: The multi-denominational Christian community theater group announces auditions for their 29th production, “Shrek, The Musical.” Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, the show is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring songs from Jeanine Tesori (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and a book by David Lindsay-Abaire. “Shrek” brings all the characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. “Shrek” presents creative opportunities including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more. Auditions will be held at Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church on Lincoln Avenue and Main Street in Hatfield 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26. Come prepared to sing 16 bars of music and follow some dance steps. Ages 8 to 108 are welcome to audition. Call backs (if needed) will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Show dates are Feb. 4-7 and 11-14, 2016. The show is performed at Lansdale United Methodist Church, Fourth and Broad streets, Lansdale. Check the Laymen Playmen website for forms and audition materials at www.laymenplaymen.org. For further information, call (215) 368-9484.
Villanova Theatre: It’s a re-imagined version of an ancient Greek myth with “Eurydice” through Oct. 4. Villanova Theatre is on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall (at Lancaster and Ithan avenues), Radnor Township. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, masters theater alumni and groups. Call (610) 519-7474 or go to www.villanovatheatre.org.
Theatre Exile: Based on a book by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, “Rizzo,” a look back in time at former Philadelphia Police commissioner Frank Rizzo’s 1991 campaign for mayor, is presented as a play Oct. 15-Nov. 8. Tickets range from $10-$50. The venue is Christ Church Neighborhood House, 10 N. American St., Philadelphia. For information, call (215) 218-4022.
Philadelphia Fringe Festival: The last chance to catch envelope-pushing dance, comedy/improv, spoken word, visual art, music, theater and more continues through Sept. 19 in several neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Times and ticket prices vary. A digital version of the festival guide can be found at www.fringearts.com.
DCP Theatre: The deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself and four couples are about to blunder into a farce of miscommunication. “Rumors” by Neil Simon takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19. The opening weekend features a wine and cheese Director’s Reception. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors. The theater is at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Call (215) 234-0966 or see www.dcptheatre.com.
Ursinus College: The college at 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, welcomes a variety of artists from Philly Fringe Sept. 18 in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Check www.ursinus.edu/academics/theater-and-dance for the day’s lineup. Call (610) 409-3030.
Playcrafters: In the last decade of the 20th century, a young woman in 19th century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she says only one word — “Titanic.” “Scotland Road” is performed Sept. 18-19, 25-26 and Oct. 1-3 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. The theater is at 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Call (610) 584-4005 or visit www.playcrafters.org.
Town and Country Players: The dramedy “Caught in the Net” runs Sept. 18-Oct. 3, with show times at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is at 4158 York Road, Buckingham. For tickets, go to www.townandcountryplayers.org or call (215) 348-7566.
Theatre Horizon: PNC Arts Alive presents “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes Nov. 12-Dec. 6 at 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. Check show times and ticket availability at (610) 283-2230 or www.theatrehorizon.org.
Barn Playhouse: The Dramateurs’ production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and 9-10, 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. The Barn Playhouse is at Christopher Lane and Rittenhouse Road, Jeffersonville. Call (610) 539-BARN or go to www.barnplayhouse.org.
Village Players of Hatboro: The comedy “No Sex Please, We’re British” runs Oct. 2-17. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. The theater is at 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro. Visit www.thevillageplayers.com or call (215) 675-6774.
Bucks County Playhouse: The next scheduled production is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” from Dec. 11-27. The theater is in New Hope at 70 S. Main St. Call (215) 862-2121 or visit www.bcptheater.org for show times and tickets.
Methacton Community Theater: The musical “Guys and Dolls” will be staged at the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, 10,000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and 13-14, 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. Call (610) 489-6449 or visit www.methactoncommunitytheater.org.
Genesius Theatre: Check out a free encore performance of “Hairspray” at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in the courtyard behind 601 Penn St., Reading. If it rains, it moves indoors to the third floor ballroom at the Santander Performing Arts Center. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” opens Oct. 9 at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading.
Footlighters Theater: Footlighters Theater opens its 2015-16 season with the zany Broadway comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The play continues for two more weekends. Tickets and more information are available at www.footlighterstheater.com or call the box office at (610) 296-9245. Footlighters Theater is at 58 Main Ave., Berwyn.
People’s Light & Theatre: People’s Light opens its 41st season with Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” running through Oct. 4. Miller’s masterwork centers on the Keller family in the wake of World War II as secret romances, explosive betrayals and the loss of a loved one threaten to unravel their lives. People’s Light is at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For tickets, call (610) 644-3500 or visit www.peopleslight.org.
Rainbow Comedy Playhouse: “Over the River and Through the Woods” runs through Oct. 15. Every Sunday Nick Cristano makes the trip from New York City across the Hudson to Hoboken, N.J. to have dinner with his grandparents. Parents and siblings have moved away, but he remains to carry on the Sunday tradition. This time he must tell them he has been offered a promotion he can’t refuse in Seattle. There are plots and ploys to get him to stay. Tickets range from $30-$55 and include meal, show, tips and tax. For reservations, call (800) 292-4301 or go to www.rainbowcomedy.com. Rainbow Comedy Playhouse is at 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise.
Act II Playhouse: A screenwriter-turned-professor attempts a comeback in “the biz” as Act II’s 2015-16 season opens with “According to Goldman” through Oct. 11. The theater is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets range from $25-$36. Discounts are available for subscribers, students, groups of 10 or more and seniors 65+. For show times, go to www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: The romantic comedy “Bus Stop” appears on the stage Sept. 29-Oct. 18. For tickets and show times, visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Wilmington Drama League: “Memphis the Musical” will be presented through Sept. 27. This is the Delaware premiere of the exuberant “Memphis,” a winner of many Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Set in the 1950s, it’s a story about the power that love and music has on the soul. The theater is at 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, Del. See www.wilmingtondramaleague.org.
Azuka Theatre: “Lights Rise on Grace” opens Nov. 4 at 1636 Sansom St., Philadelphia. For information, call (215) 563-1100.
Colonial Playhouse: “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs through Sept. 26 at 522 W. Magnolia Ave., Aldan. For information call, (610) 622-5773.
Hedgerow Theater: “Bullshot Crummond” continues through Oct. 11 at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley. For tickets, call (610) 565-4211.
Lantern Theatre Company: “Photograph 51” continues through Oct. 11. For information, call (215) 829-9002.
Media Theatre: “Gypsy” opens Sept. 23 at 104 E. State St., Media. For information, call (610) 891-0100.
Players Club of Swarthmore: “Noises Off” runs Sept. 18-Oct. 3. For information, call (610) 328-4271 or visit www.pcstheater.org.
Walnut Street Theatre: Cole Porter’s “High Society” continues through Oct. 25 at 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 574-3550.
Wilma Theater: “Antigone” runs Oct. 7-Nov. 8 at 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
11th Hour Theatre Company: The 2015-2016 season — 11th Hour’s 11th anniversary — kicks off with the musical “Kiss of the Spider Woman” Nov. 14-16 (venue is to be announced). Visit www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or call (267) 987-9865.
EgoPo Classic Theater: Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” previews Oct. 7-8 and opens Oct. 9. The show runs three weeks, closing Oct. 25. Tickets start at $25. All performances are at the Latvian Society of Philadelphia at Seventh and Spring Garden streets.
Sellersville Theater 1894: “Colin Quinn Live: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway show ‘The New York Story’,” will play the Sellersville Theater Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Quinn waxes nostalgic about the rise and fall of his hometown, from its modest beginnings as Dutch outpost to the hipsters of modern Williamsburg. Tickets range from $29.50-45 and are available at www.st94.com/event/899473-comedy-colin-quinn-6-pm-sellersville or by calling (215) 257-5808.

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