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The stage is set for a fabulous fall theater season

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STORY WRITTEN BY CHERUL THORNBURG    
For Digital First Media

There’s something for just about everyone as regional theater groups kick off their fall season. From satire, to Shakespeare and the cult musical “Rocky Horror Show” to the classic “King and I” and the groundbreaking “Fun Home,” theater fans have a lot to look forward to.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the productions coming our way:
Act II Playhouse kicks off its season with “Electile Dysfunction”
a hilarious new show featuring sketches and impressions. It runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 9. Act II Playhouse is located at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 19002; 215-654-0200; www.act2.org
The Arden Theatre Company, is offering up both new and classic favorites in its upcoming season. “Stupid F**king Bird, ” an irreverent, funny take on by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” runs Sept. 15 – Oct. 16. Other shows this season include: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Gypsy.” Arden Theatre is located at 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; 215-922-1122 or 215-922-8900; www.ardentheatre.org
Bristol Riverside Theatre’s season includes some fan favorites including “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline “ Sept. 27 – Oct. 16. “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.” The theater is located at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, PA 19007; 215-785-0100; www.brtstage.org
Bucks County Playhouse is serving up “Cake Off” through Sept. 10, followed by Alan Safier as George Burns in “Say Goodnight Gracie” and “ The Rocky Horror Show” in October. The theater is located at 70 S. Main St., New Hope, PA 18938; 215-862-2121; www.bcptheater.org
Civic Theatre of Allentown opens its season with “Carrie the Musical” Oct. 7-23; followed by “A Christmas Carol,” “The Santa Land Diaries”, “9 to 5,” and “Angels in America.” The theater is located at 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, PA 18104; 610-432-8943; www.civictheatre.com
Delaware Theatre Company presents “The War of the Roses” Sept. 14-Oct. 2 followed by “The City Conversation” Oct. 26-Nov. 13. “A Christmas Carol” is presented Dec. 7-30 followed by “White Guy On The Bus” Feb. 1-19 and “Hetty Feather” April 19-May 14. DTC is at 200 Water St., Wilmington, De.; 302-594-1100; www.delawaretheatre.org
Footlighters Theater presents “The Foreigner” Sept. 9 – 24, “Arsenic & Old Lace,” “Nuncrackers” and “Godspell.” The theater is located at 58 Main St., Berwyn, PA 19312; 610-296-9245; www.footlighterstheater.com
Forge Theatre’s season includes and eclectic and acclaimed line-up starting with “The Boys Next Door” Sept. 9-25, followed by “The Addams Family,” ”Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” “Equus’ and “Man of La Mancha.” The theater is located at 24 First Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460; 610-935-1020; www.forgetheatre.org
Genesius Theatre is offering controversial comedy and Broadway classics starting with “Steambath” running through Sept. 4, followed by “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and family favorite, “Mary Poppins.” Genesius is located at 10th and Walnut streets in Reading. www.genesiusdifference.org; or call 610-373-9500.
Hedgerow Theatre’s lineup includes ”The Hound of the Baskervilles Sept. 9 -18 and the classic suspense thriller “Angel Street” also known as (“Gaslight.”) The theater is located at 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA 19063; 610-565-4211; www.hedgerowtheatre.org
The Kimmel Center’s Broadway series features Tony-Award-winning hits including “An American in Paris,” “The Bodyguard,” “The King and I,” “Cabaret,” and the groundbreaking hit, “Fun Home.” The theater is located at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102; 215-790-5800; www.kimmelcenter.org
Lantern Theater at St. Stephen’s Theater, offers “Mrs. Warren’s profession,” Sept. 8 to Oct. 9, “An Illiad,” “Informed Consent” and “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.”
The theater is located at 923 Ludlow St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-829-0395; www.lanterntheater.org
Media Theatre’s season opener is a musical version of the classic “Bridges of Madison County” which runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 23. The line-up alos includes “A Christmas Story,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “West Side Story.” The theater is located at 104 E. State St., Media, PA 19063; 215-891-0100; www.mediatheatre.org
Montgomery Theater presents “Greater Tuna” a hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town Sept 8 – Oct 2, followed by “Teen Sherlock” and “Handle With Care.” The theater is located at 124 Main St., Souderton, PA 18964; 215-723-9984; www.montgomerytheater.org
People’s Light & Theatre opens its season with “The Mountaintop,” Sept. 28 through Oct. 30. Other shows are “Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto,” “The Matchmaker,” “Mooon Over Buffalo” and The Road: My Life with John Denver.” The theater is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355; 610-647-1900; www.peopleslight.org
The Philadelphia Theatre Company presents “Rizzo,” Sept. 23 to Oct. 16 and “Found,” a new musical, Nov. 9 to Dec. 11 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-985-0420 or 215-985-1400; www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
SALT Performing Arts kicks off the fall season with a dinner theater production of “Noises Off,” a notoriously funny and physical comedy about actors Sept. 9 to Sept. 18. October’s show is “The Wizard of Oz,” Oct. 14-30. SALT is located at
1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425. www.saltpa.com.
Steel River Playhouse brings “Peter and The Starcatcher,” winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, to Pottstown Sept. 30 – Oct. 16. Other shows this season include a musical version of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” plus “Clybourne Park,” and ”The Laramie Project,” which is based on the true story about a gay college student who was beaten to death. For more information, call 610-970-1199 or go to www.steelriver.org. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High St., Pottstown, 19464
Theatre Horizon presents “A New Brain, a new musical, Oct. 13 to Nov. 6. The theater is located at 401 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA 19401; 610-283-2230; www.theatrehorizon.org
Walnut Street Theatre is bringing favorite musicals and classic plays to its stage this season, starting with “South Pacific,” Sept. 6 through Oct. 23. Other shows include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Saturday Night Fever.” The theater is located at 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; 215-574-3550; www.walnutstreettheatre.org
Wilma Theater’s season opens with “When the Rain Stops Falling,” Oct. 12 to Nov. 6, followed by “Constellations,” in January and “Adapt!” in March. The theater is located at 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-893-9456; www.wilmatheater.org

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