Onstage at 1812 Productions is the world premiere comedy "It's My Party: The Women and Comedy Project," created by Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, examining how women use comedy and how it changes as they age. The show takes its title from the Lesley Gore pop ballad and draws from over 100 interviews and personal stories and experiences taken from women along the East coast, including Lucie Arnaz, Peggy Orenstein, and Kambri Crews. Performed using several artistic styles including scripted play, collage, composition, stand-up, and cabaret, the play stars Susan Riley-Stevens, Drucie McDaniel, Charlotte Ford, Cathy Simpson, Bi Jean Ngo, Cheryl Williams, and Melanie Cotton, through May 19, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714, Delancey Street, Philadelphia.
Cape May celebrates the season with the annual Spring Festival, April 26 through May 5, including private home tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners and luncheons, Civil War vintage dance workshops and ball, food and wine events, living history programs and more, along with the exhibit "Cape May's Chalfonte Hotel: A Living National Landmark." Built by Civil War hero Henry Sawyer, the hotel has hosted guests continuously for over 137 years. An opening reception is Friday, April 26, 7pm with Karen Fox, author of The Chalfonte, Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. The exhibit will be on display through November 10.
"Xanadu" takes to the stage this weekend at City Theater Company, the 1980s cult favorite brought to life on skates with hit songs like "Magic" and of course, the title song, directed by Michael Gray with music direction by Joe Trainor and starring Melissa Leigh Elizabeth Baker, Tommy Fisher-Klein, Dylan Geringer, Billy Kametz, Jenna Kuerzi, Greg Murphy, Ann Pinto, Ricky Rotandi, and Joanna Volpe, through May 11, Black Box at OperaDelaware, 4 South Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE.
The Fairmount Arts Crawl is Sunday, April 28 from 2-6pm, as Fairmount restaurants and businesses open their doors and highlight the work of a wide variety of artists and their mediums, along with outdoor musical performances, family activities, and more, centered around 22nd & Fairmount Avenues in Philadelphia. New this year, a Fairmount Arts Crawl artist will discuss her work at The Barnes Foundation as part of "Conversations with the Collection."
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the 29th Philadelphia International Children's Festival, Tuesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 4. Five days of performances include Theatre Lovett's The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly; C!RCA's 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes; Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle; Perth Theatre Company's The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, Reading in Concert: the Hip H'Opera Project; and Trout Fishing in America. In FUN ZONE, hands-on activities for the whole family including crafts, face painting, jugglers, musicians and more, open daily at 10am. Founded in 1985 by Catherine Marshall, the festival was the first of its kind in the country, aiming to provide Philadelphia area families with an easy and affordable way to experience international performance and visual art, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.