In Philadelphia, a play about gun violence. ‘Lost Chronicles of Childhood:’ How a Small Incident Can Become a Tragic Accident.

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It doesn’t take much. This is the message that this actor Sunn Byrd wants the public to remember from “lost chronicles of childhooda play about gun violence written and directed by a local playwright islam bilal.

People need to know “how easy it is to take a small incident and turn it into a tragic incident. Kids can have a simple disagreement and it can turn into someone’s death,” said Byrd, who plays the mother of a young man grieving a sudden loss.

“We have to start teaching that there is a better way to solve a problem than picking up a gun,” she said. Byrd works with autistic children from Delco to Pennell Primary School in Aston, and she counts on her blessings that neither her students nor her own children have experienced gun violence.

lost chronicles of childhood is a series of vignettes about gun violence, with teenage actors playing many roles. They describe how often young people seek out and obtain guns to gain attention, status and street credibility, with devastating consequences. The stories are intertwined, but the gun is the main character throughout. Presented by the Childhoodslost Foundation in partnership with Children of the Arts Foundation and Dollars-n-Sense Records.

March 11 and 12, Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, Childhoodslost Theater Group. Vaccination record and mandatory masks.

Karaoke and gentrification – yes, they actually appear in the same room,”Backing trackby the satirist R. Eric Thomas. Ordered by the Arden Theater Co., Backing track crushes together a karaoke-singing cruise ship worker, a community association, and a cantankerous recently widowed mother trying to fit in in a neighborhood that no longer feels quite like home. Directed by Rebecca Wright. Need a recommendation? In a tweet, Lin-Manuel Miranda described Thomas as “one of the funniest writers”. And Thomas has Philly ties. He is an alumnus of the InterAct Theater Company‘s Core Playwrights Program and The Foundry, a playwrights lab in Philadelphia.

Through April 10, Arden Theater Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia. 215-922-1122 or ardentheatre.org. Vaccination record and mandatory masks.

Just as change is happening in the city, it is also happening in the countryside, accompanied by the croaking of frogs and the chirping of birds.

As charming as these croakers and singers are, Tess, the main character of “Carroll County Correctionwants out. She enlists her best friend to help her make a documentary pushing the boundaries in the Walmart parking lot. From there, Tess hopes, it’s a one-way scholarship to fancy film school. But what story will the documentary tell?

The answer comes in the world premiere of Carroll County Correction written by the award-winning playwright from Philadelphia Val Dunndirected by Priyanka Shettyand presented by Azuka Theater. Dunn’s plays have been prepared and produced throughout the region, including the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Philly Theater Week, PlayPenn and InterAct Theater Co..

Through March 20, Azuka Theater, Proscenium Theater at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia. Pay what you decide. 215-563-1100 or azukatheatre.org. Proof of vaccination and mandatory masks.

Prop guns are everywhere in “Oklahoma!” – almost 100 in all – and many are regularly fired through the musical at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theater until March 20. Since guns have played such an important role in American history and the West, they can’t be left out of this diverse revamp of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s beloved musical 2d.

But nothing can be left to chance either.

Gun safety experts trained the cast and crew of Oklahoma! Additionally, the touring company donates $100 for each weapon visible on stage and in theater to neutral gun, a non-partisan initiative open to producers, financiers and storytellers calling for greater responsibility to offset and report on gun violence in entertainment. The effort comes as gun violence has soared across the city and across the country.

Oklahoma! became the first non-gun show on Broadway and on the national tour, according to the company.

It’s also the first time the show has been on the road in 40 years. There is new choreography and a new cast.

“We’re thrilled to bring this revamped production to Philadelphians — with a wonderfully diverse cast and a familiar score — but one that challenges long-held perceptions and attitudes toward the well-known story,” Frances Eger said in a statement. Egler is senior director of programming and presentations for the Kimmel Cultural Campus, which organizes Oklahoma! in the forest.

Daniel Fish directs the revival, which sold out its run on Broadway.

Ticket prices range from $47 to $142. (When the show premiered on Broadway in 1943, $7 got you a seat.) Through March 20, Forest Theater, Kimmel Cultural Campus, 1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Kimmelculturalcampus.org or 215-893-1999. Masks and compulsory vaccination record.

Sometimes it just seems hopeless. Jessie’s marriage ended in divorce and she lives with her mother in a small house in the countryside. Jessie has epilepsy, she can’t keep a job and her son is a petty thief. Tensions simmer in the house, until one night Jessie and her mother get into a heated debate about life and life, wondering and forcing the audience to ask some of the deepest and most difficult questions. gloomy about the purpose of life. Playwright Marsha Norman won a Pulitzer Prize for ‘Night, mother. Presented by Isis Productions, directed by Neil Hartleyand featuring Kirsten Quinn and Renee Richman-Weisbandwho is also the artistic director producer of Isis.

Through March 27, Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., Philadelphia. www.isisperforms.com or 609-220-7537. Proof of vaccination and mandatory masks.

You might have personality, but do you have tickets to see the world premiere of Personality: The Musical Lloyd Price in the Light of the People? At People’s Light, 16 artists plus a live band take us on Lloyd “Mr. Personality” Price’s journey from humble beginnings to the fame he earned as he topped the charts at the end from the 1950s with hits such as ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, ‘Stagger Lee’ and of course ‘Personality’ This will be the first production under Peoples new Artistic Director Producer Zak Berkman. Berkman said Personality is one of the biggest productions People’s Light has put on in decades. Book before B.Jeffrey Madoff work with Price. Price, 88, died on May 3, 2021. Saint Aubyn plays Price, and Miles Boon is Little Richard.

March 9 through April 3, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, 610-644-3500 or peopleslight.org. Masks, vaccination or proof of negative antigen test required.

That’s right: Singer Barbra Streisand built a fake mall in its basement to showcase its amazing collections. “Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can create a street of stores and display them,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. This is where the plot begins with “Buyer and Cellar” at Act II Playhouse at Ambler. After that, the show takes on more than a few hilarious twists when aspiring actor Alex is hired to work in Streisand’s “mall”. Having learned how to operate the frozen yogurt maker, Alex awaits an appearance from the Funny Girl herself. Directed by Tony Braithwaite and featuring Zacharie Chiero.

Through April 3, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-654-0200, or act2.org Masks and proof of vaccination or recent negative antigen test required.

According to the rules imposed by the Greek gods, the muses are not supposed to fall in love, but one of them does, which causes all sorts of problems – problems that involve, oddly enough, roller disco. Eagle Theater present “Xanadua parody of the infamous 1980s cult classic. Angela Longo directed.

Until March 20, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton. 609-704-5012 or eagletheatre.org Masks recommended, but not required. Proof of vaccination or negative antigen test within six hours required.

Ken Ludwig has been described as “America’s quintessential comic playwright”, so if you feel like a laugh, Bristol Riverside Theater production of Ludwig”A comedy of tenors could hit just the right note. There are mistaken identities and misunderstandings as three nervous tenors prepare for what has been dubbed “The Concert of the Century.” Amy Kaissar, production manager of the Bristol Riverside Theatre, directs. The theater offers Wine Down Wednesday on March 16, which serves pre-show wine, desserts and raw vegetables, and pre-show Thirsty Thursday on March 24 with snacks and beer from local breweries.

Until March 27, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, 215-785-0100 or brtstage.org. Masks and compulsory vaccination record.

the Former Academy Players present the classic Agatha Christie thriller, “The unexpected guest.” Loretta Lucy Miller directs the 527th production of the East Falls troupe.

Through March 20, Old Academy Building, 3544 Indian Queen Lane, Philadelphia, 215-843-1109 or oldacademyplayers.org Proof of vaccination required.

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