By Carey Purcell
06 Mar 2014
The season will begin with the comedy Bad Jews, running Oct. 7-26. "Audiences will meet Daphna Feygenbaum, a 'Real Jew' with an Israeli boyfriend that she met on Birthright," press notes state. "When Daphna’s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody, he declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace. A vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues."
David Mamet's behind-the-scenes comedy A Life in the Theatre will begin performances Jan. 13, 2015, and continue through Feb. 1. Here's how the show is billed: "Robert, an older experienced performer, and John, a newcomer to the stage, share both a dressing room and the spotlight. The play gives us a glimpse into the complex relationship that develops as the torch is passed from one generation to the next – a passing that wavers from love and mutual respect to impatience and resentment."
Michael Whistler’s Mickle Street will make its world premiere Feb. 17 and continue through March 8. The play "takes audiences to 1882, when the flamboyant, dashing, young Oscar Wilde created a sensation, touring the United States on an extensive lecture tour. While visiting Philadelphia, he planned one side trip, crossing the Delaware to Camden to meet with America’s own Great Grey Poet, Walt Whitman. Audiences will travel to Mickle Street and spend an afternoon with two great writers – one at the dawn of his career, the other enjoying his quiet fame. Over a glass of elderberry wine, two great men discuss man’s most aesthetical existence and discover a common sense of beauty."
A presentation of Liberace! will follow, beginning March 24 and continuing through April 12. "On a stage set reminiscent of his celebrated TV program, audiences will re-live the highs and lows of Liberace’s famed life," press notes state. "Who was the real person behind the persona, one of the most talented and acclaimed performers of the 20th century?"
The season will conclude with I Love a Piano, a tribute to Irving Berlin. Performances begin April 28 and continue through May 17. Here's how the production is billed: "This delightful musical follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Irving Berlin’s classic songs include 'Blue Skies,' 'There’s No Business Like Show Business,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' 'How Deep is the Ocean,' and, of course, 'I Love a Piano.'"
Call (215) 574-355 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org for more information.