Arts & Culture

THEATER Blue Door Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a successful mathematics professor experiencing a sleepless night where a series of ancestors visit to reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives, through March 21, 40 N.

OK, I admit that I have made people cry (à la Barbara Walters) during the course of these interviews, but this week was a first: The interviewee made me cry like a baby.

THEATER Becky Shaw The Wilma Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize finalist and off-Broadway hit comedy from Gina Gionfriddo about a woman who decides to set up her best friend on a blind date with her husband’s mysterious coworker, through Jan.

Given that “Theater District” was written by Richard Kramer, whose credits include “thirty-something” and “My So-Called Life,” it’s no surprise that the story involves a teenager trying to navigate life among a colorful, if somewhat dysfunctional, cast of characters.

Brian Strachan wears many hats. And they’re sometimes big pink ones atop towering wigs. He fills his daytime hours as a teacher, inspiring the next generation at the University of the Arts, but once a month he dons a themed costume and teases, taunts and tickles the crowd as a Bingo Verifying Diva at Philadelphia’s popular GayBINGO. Now entering its 14th year, GayBINGO has raised thousands of smiles and more than $2 million for people in the Delaware Valley living with HIV/AIDS.

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