Diversions: May 22-28


THEATER Camelot Plays & Players Theater presents the classic musical through June 6, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 735-0630.

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits The Walnut Street Theatre presents a tribute to the big shows and bigger legends in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining revue, through June 28 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Intimate Chaos Society Hill Playhouse presents a drama exploring a lesbian relationship with love, desire, abandonment and betrayal, through May 31, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.

Let’s Pretend We’re Married 1812 Productions presents a new cabaret about bliss of the wedded sort featuring original material and classic cuts from Burns and Allen to The Bickersons, May 26-June 14 at The Independence Foundation Black Box at The Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; (215) 592-9560.

The Little Dog Laughed The Tony-nominated satire about a gay actor and his agent’s efforts to keep him closeted makes its Philadelphia premiere, through May 30 at Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 665-9720.

Little Lamb InterAct Theatre Company presents the story of a gay couple who adopts a baby, only to have the birth mother visit with strong opinions about the placement of her daughter, May 28-June 28 at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8079.

Little Mary Sunshine Barley Sheaf Players presents the silly and wonderful musical with a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers, a stalwart captain, a chorus of simpering schoolgirls and a villainous Indian, through June 20, 810 N. Whitford Road, Lionville; (610) 363-7075.

Macbeth The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents the classic Shakespeare tragedy, through May 24, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9722.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Hedgerow Theatre presents the popular murder farce, through June 7, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media; (610) 565-4211.

The Producers The Walnut Street Theatre presents an all-new production of Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical, through July 19, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Act II Playhouse presents a high-energy celebration of just how much women have changed, using the best songs of the past 100 years, through May 31, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; (215) 654-0200.

The Seafarer Arden Theatre Company presents Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated hit about a collection of misfits on Christmas Eve in Ireland, through June 14 on the F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Something Intangible Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, set in Hollywood circa 1941, through June 7, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

A Stone Carver New City Stage presents a newly revised version of William Mastrosimone’s first play, about a 1970s Italian-American patriarch who must move out of the Trenton home he built with his own hands to make room for a new highway, through May 24 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Thoroughly Modern Millie The Media Theater presents the Tony Award-winning 1920s musical romp, through June 7, 104 E. State St.; (610) 891-0100.

MUSIC classical Robertson Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra presents St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson spinning a program of fantasy, romance and musical passion, 8 p.m. May 22-23 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Orchestra 2001 Performs Rudin, Finko, Corigliano O2K1 presents the world premiere of a work by Andrew Rudin, featuring violist Brett Deubner, at 8 p.m. May 22 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Dutoit Conducts Brahms The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a trio of European works from two centuries, 8 p.m. May 28-30 and 2 p.m. May 31 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Carl Cox The acclaimed DJ performs at 10 p.m. May 22 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa’s Mixx Nightclub, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Bell Biv DeVoe The R&B group performs at 8 p.m. May 23 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute The Philadelphia All-Stars perform songs from the acclaimed singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Tin Angel, 20 N. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Buckcherry The rock group performs at 8 p.m. May 23 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 236-2583.

Coldplay The alt-rock superstars perform at 8 p.m. May 26 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 365-1300.

Coheed and Cambria The progressive rock group performs at 8 p.m. May 28 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 236-2583.

EXHIBITS Benjamin Long Proximity Gallery presents the artist’s current exhibition of paintings and photography, through May 31, 2434 E. Dauphin St.; (267) 825-2949.

A Closer Look Allens Lane Art Center presents new paintings and sculptures by artists Henrietta and Reinhold Edelschein, through June 12, 601 W. Allens Lane; (215) 248-0546.

Libbie Soffer: Of time and place NEXUS presents an exhibition of abstract paintings using layers of transparent acrylic veils over collage on canvas, through June 5 in the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102; (215) 684-1946.

Kevin Murphy BOI’s of New Hope Art Gallery presents an exhibition from the internationally recognized, award-winning portrait painter and illustrator, through June 7, 9 W. Mechanic St., New Hope; (215) 862-8292.

Peter Alele: Entanglements and Ephemeras NEXUS presents an exhibition using images from the world of medicine and the uses of the body/figure as a vehicle for expression, through June 5 in the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102; (215) 684-1946.

Photo Society’s Last Picture Show The pictures come off the walls and the photographers chat up their work for the business’ last hurrah, from 6-8 p.m. May 26 at Joe Coffee, 1100 Walnut St.; (215) 592-7384.

Pulp Function Fred Beans Gallery at Michener Art Museum presents a wide variety of artistic expressions using handmade paper pulp, recycled paper, paper cuts, cardboard, papier-mâché and folded paper, through June 28, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800.

Quiescent The Clay Studio presents the latest works from utilitarian potter Julia Galloway, through May 31, 137 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

Show Some Love AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of the winners of the American Institute of Graphic Artists Philadelphia Design Awards, through May 30, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Small Favors IV: Benefit Exhibition and Sale The Clay Studio presents an original ceramic-arts exhibition, showcasing the latest in miniature, wall-mounted artworks, through May 31, 137 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

Two Women: Two Visions Edge Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the work of Monika Dalkin and Noelle Stoffel, through May 31, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

What Were They Thinking: 160 Years of Bad Taste Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts presents an exhibition of styles that were the height of fashion at some point in recent history, through Nov. 8 at The Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J.; (609) 884-5404.

DANCE Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. Painted Bride Art Center presents the company’s 2009 season concert featuring Carmella Vassor-Johnson’s video art and an eclectic score ranging from pop to new age, opera to electronica to 20th-century new music, 8 p.m. May 23 and 3 p.m. May 24, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914.

FILM Pride The inspirational story of Philadelphia local Jim Ellis, who single-handedly saved the city’s Department of Recreation from imminent closure by enlisting the inner-city youth of the neighborhood in the formation of a predominately African-American swim team, is screened at 7:30 p.m. May 27 at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS Lisa See The bestselling author of “Shanghai Girls” and “On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. May 26 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Luis Alberto Urrea The author of “Into the Beautiful North” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. May 28 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

ETC Penn and Teller The comedic magic duo and hosts of Showtime’s “Bullshit” perform at 9 p.m. May 22-24 at Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 441-5000.

Gayety fundraiser for Joe Coffee Gayety hosts an event with all proceeds to benefit Joe as he closes Joe Coffee, to help him pay down his debt, with a flea market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and performances by out comedian Kelli Dunham and spoken-word artist Cheryl B from 7-9 p.m. May 23 at Joe Coffee, 1100 Walnut St.; (215) 592-7384.

Kevin James The comedian and star of “King of Queens” performs at 8 p.m. May 23-24 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

JOCK The official closing party for the Fins swim team and Falcons’ soccer team’s regional tournaments features a live performance from dance artist Oh My Josh, from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. May 23 at Pure, 1221 St. James St.; (215) 735-5772.

Three Dollar Bill Dance Party The dance party for everyone kicks off at 9 p.m. May 24 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.