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The 5 Shows You Have to See This October in Philadelphia

September 26, 2016 by Martin Martinez
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Though we’re all in complete denial, it does seem that summer officially has come to an end.

In between attempting to spend the last few days of warmth at the park or the river, as autumn rolls in, you can at least look forward to the beginning of an amazing season of theater!

So grab a latte (is it socially acceptable to like pumpkin spice yet?) and put on your most fabulous fall sweater/cape and don’t miss your chance to see these great plays and musicals playing this October in Philly.

1. A New Brain at Theatre Horizon

A new Brain

A New Brain by Tony Award-winners William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) chronicles the story of a man finding his second chance at life through art after he is diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain condition. This autobiographical musical, based on Finn’s near death experience, features soaring ballads and his signature tongue-in-cheek humor. Running October 13 through November 6 at Theatre Horizon.

2. When the Rain Stops Falling at Wilma Theaterwhen the rain stops falling

This time-hopping, futuristic, sorrowful play by Andrew Bovell was lauded by Time Magazine as the Best New Play of the Year in 2010 and, “A powerful metaphor for the impossibility of escaping the past, for the way we are all shaped by what came before — and are living in the shadow of what comes next.” Don’t miss When the Rain Stops Falling, a lyrical, theatrical meditation on the possibility for humanity in the face of a changing climate running October 12 through November 6.

3. The Plough and the Stars at Annenberg Center for the Performing Artsplough and the stars

Dublin, Ireland, 1915. Revolution is imminent as violence sweeps through the streets. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the historic Easter Rising and the birth of the Irish Republic, The Plough and the Stars tells the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings a new and challenging perspective to Sean O’Casey’s provocative play. This production, directly from Ireland, has a limited engagement U.S. tour visiting Philadelphia October 13 through October 16.

4. Radiant Vermin at Inis Nua Theatre Company

Radiant Vermin

Inis Nua Theatre Company is devoted to producing works from Great Britain and Ireland. This October, this dark and shockingly funny British play makes its Philly premiere. Ollie and Jill will do anything for the perfect dream home to share with their baby. Just how will the young couple go? The New York Times praises Radiant Vermin as “nasty and energetic fun!” Running October 19 through November 6.

5. Urinetown at 11th Hour Theatre Company

urinetown

Speaking of futuristic/post-apocalyptic settings, if you haven’t seen the Tony Award-winning musical Urinetown, you’ll have a chance to catch the revival from 11th Hour Theatre Company, a company devoted to emphasizing storytelling and challenging assumptions about musical theatre. This comedy satirizes capitalism, populism, politics and musical theater itself in a world where citizens must pay to pee. Limited run from October 21 through October 23.

So, which production are you most excited to see? Join in the conversation and let us know on Facebook or Twitter.