2018 Fall Theater Preview

Here are the must-see musicals and plays this season around the Main Line.

Photo courtesy of SALT Performing Arts.

Act II Playhouse

Led by artistic director Tony Braithwaite, Act II’s hilarious ensemble will tackle a range of shows this fall, beginning with the Tony-winning Neil Simon classic, Biloxi Blues (Aug. 28-Sept. 23), an autobiographical coming-of-age tale. Switching gears, the playhouse tackles Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories (Oct. 23-Nov. 18), a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, (215) 654-0200, act2.org.

Arden Theatre Company

First up for Arden is the Tony-winning musical, Once (Sept. 20-Oct. 21), a lighthearted story of love in the streets of Dublin. Next is a sequel to last season’s A Doll’s House (Oct. 24-Dec. 9), which takes place 15 years after Nora made her life-changing decision.

40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, (215) 922-8900, www.ardentheatre.org.

Hedgerow Theatre

This intimate gem of a theater takes audiences south to Dishman Springs (Sept. 13-30), where Ida celebrates her 75th birthday and rediscovers her younger self. Then it’s on to ancient Greece for Euripides’ Medea (Oct. 18-Nov. 11).

64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, (610) 565-4211, www.hedgerowtheatre.org.

Related: Meet the Mother and Son Duo Behind Hedgerow Theatre's Success

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Nov. 6-18) comes to the Academy of Music—and be sure to get tickets now for next year’s performance of Hamilton (Aug 27.-Nov. 17, 2019).

300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.

Lantern Theater Company

Lantern celebrates its 25th season with the local premiere of Hapgood (Sept. 6-Oct. 14), about a female spy who’s balancing a career and home life with some serious Russian espionage. Another Philadelphia premiere, The Heir Apparent (Nov. 8-Dec. 16) is a hilarious look at a family’s efforts to get their piece of a relative’s estate.

923 Ludlow St., Philadelphia, (215) 829-0395, www.lanterntheater.org.

Media Theatre

This fall, it’s two audience favorites: Sweeney Todd (Oct. 3-28) and the beloved family classic, The Wizard of Oz (Nov. 14-Jan. 13, 2019).

104 E. State St., Media, (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org.

People's Light

Eclecticism and bold choices are the norm at People’s Light. Such Things as Vampires (Sept. 20-Oct. 31) is a little like Dracula set to a punk-folk soundtrack. And Cinderella: A Musical Panto (Nov. 14-Jan. 6, 2019) marks the 15th anniversary of the theater’s beloved panto tradition.

39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (610) 644-3500, www.peopleslight.org.

Players Club of Swarthmore

PCS kicks off fall on a familiar note with Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls (Sept. 14-29), before moving on to the lesser-known Bruce Graham work, The Outgoing Tide (Oct. 19-Nov. 3), set in the Chesapeake Bay region. Rounding out 2018: the quintessential holiday classic A Christmas Story (Nov. 23-Dec. 8).

614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-4271, www.pcstheater.org.

Resident Theatre Company

RTC founder Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell has quickly gained a reputation for bringing top-notch on-stage talent to the western suburbs—and this season is no exception. Fall begins with the auspicious Tony-winning musical Evita (Oct. 12-28). Then it’s Lend Me a Tenor (Dec. 14-30). Mitchell is no stranger to this classic screwball comedy, having worked alongside director Stanley Tucci on the Broadway version.

226 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 356-2787, rtcwc.org.

Related: Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell is Helping Transform West Chester's Theater Scene

SALT Performing Arts

If there’s a local theater that never sleeps, it’s SALT. Chugging along seamlessly from summer to fall, its season kicks off with Little Women: The Play (Sept. 7-16), tackling the travails of Louis May Alcott’s March sisters. Later, audiences are treated to the Broadway sensation Cats (Oct. 19-Nov. 4).

1645 Art School Road, Chester springs, (610) 703-1734, www.saltpa.com.

Spotlight Theatre

Spotlight celebrates its 78th season with four shows. In Ron Bernas’ A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody (Sept. 14-29), a husband decides that the only way to ditch his wife is to kill her. Next, the troupe tackles Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Oct. 19-28), followed by Neil Simon’s The Front Page (Nov. 30-Dec. 15).

129 Park Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-1079, spotlighttheatrepa.org.

Walnut Street Theatre

This Philly institution christens its season with Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Sept. 4-Oct. 21), before moving on to something the kids will love: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical  (Nov. 6-Jan. 6, 2019).

825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, (215) 574-3550, www.walnutstreettheatre.org.