Escape from your house and go to the theater

This weekend, students at Perkiomen School are staging the musical Working, based on the Pulitzer prize winning book by Studs Terkel, Working: people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do

A musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award™ winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award™ winning James Taylor.

This musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel book examines the average worker’s viewpoint–showing that he or she is anything but average. Based on a series of interviews with real working people–construction workers, waitresses, firemen, secretaries and cleaning women–“Working” is both an exploration of the individuals’ occupations and a lament for lost hopes and dreams. This musical adaptation was conceived by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin).

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening, Feb. 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Free and open to the public. Kehs Hall, 200 Seminary Avenue, Pennsburg.

A more romantic choice might be to go see the two person play  Love Letters at Macungie Institute, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 14th, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Tickets are $17-$20. Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main Street. 484-891-1314. Tickets may be bought online. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

For a more intense dramatic experience, head over to Moravian College to see their production of Hello, Herman.

Why does a middle-class high-school kid, Herman, go on a rampage killing 39 class mates?  And why does he video tape the entire massacre?  This compelling drama focuses on the issues of bullying, school violence, media, and the state of our youth today.

The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and Feb 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014. All performances are in the Arena Theatre, located on the lower level of the Haupert Union Building on Monocacy Street between Locust and Laurel Streets, one block west of Main Street,  (1200 Main Street) Bethlehem. Tickets may be bought online or at the door.

Head over to to Lehigh University for the dark comedy Our Lady of 121st Street, opening this weekend and running until February 22nd; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays.

When the much beloved and feared Sister Rose dies in this dark comedy, her former students return to East Harlem to pay their respects, but someone stole the body!

Tickets can be bought at the door or online.  610-758-2787.  Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA.

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