[Oct. 21] The Philadelphia Artists Collective fills the time between their well-regarded productions — The Sea Plays were a FringeArts hit, and Mary Stuart plays this Spring — with rehearsed readings of lesser-known classics, like this frothy comedy. Playwright Susanna Centilvre (c.1667-1670 to 1723) was one of the best-known playwrights of her time, but has been somehow lost to history, says PAC’s Krista Apple-Hodge. “The Basset Table is incredibly modern to me,” she says, “in its treatment of gender bias and social status and class.” The play’s women — portrayed by Hillary Parker, Felicia Leight, Megan Slater and Emilie Krause — “are fierce, unique, and independent,” she adds. “Love is the men’s priority, not theirs… Everyone is delightfully flawed, and intensely self-aware.” At the center of the play’s plot are Lady Reveler (Karen Peakes) and Lord Worthy (Seth Reichgott), in “a deliciously comic love-to-hate-you relationship.”
Mon., Oct. 21, free, Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., philartistscollective.org.