Ben Dibble in DOUBT. Photo by Mark Garvin.

DOUBT: A Parable (Lantern): Some things are certain

It may be daunting for theaters to produce the original theatrical source for a well-regarded movie, but Lantern Theater Company’s DOUBT shows why some plays are worth reclaiming for the stage.

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THE DELICATE HOUR (Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak): 60 minutes from memory

Shanahan writes that her research focuses on new movement language that expands the notions of body beyond those prescribed by Western approaches to dance. N

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Back on Stage After 12 Years: SmokeyScout’s Nice and Fresh January!

Theater, dance, circus, and a return to the stage after 12 years. Nice and Fresh January is supremely accessible performance art.

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): Western sympathies come up against African cruelties

Jen Silverman’s play tells the story of a young woman who has moved to London to escape the dangers of being a lesbian in South Africa.

Kathleen Wallace and Greg Wood in Noël Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

PRIVATE LIVES (Walnut): Who is being mocked?

PRIVATE LIVES, as written by Coward, is funny because it exposes the savagery that exists beneath the polished façade of the English upper class.

Photo by Frank Bicking with Dancer, Andrea Romesser of The Koresh Dance School.

The Koresh Artist Showcase: A Slice For You, A Slice For Me!

On January 18, The Koresh Artist Showcase presented a variety of works that made it easy to remember why we love to watch dance in the first place.

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): 60-second review

A thrilling, thought-provoking, wonderfully heart-wrenching play now receiving its world premiere by InterAct Theatre Company.

Davy Raphaely and Bill Van Horn in "A Life in the Theatre" at Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3. Credit: Mark Garvin.

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (Walnut): 60-second review

David Mamet’s amusing A LIFE IN THE THEATRE uses the simple interplay of two actors backstage at a repertory company, to talk about life outside the theater.

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Sex on Stage in FEST (FringeArts) and KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE (American Realness [NYC])

What occurs in a theater when sex happens? Ivo Dimchev’s FEST and Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek’s KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE present two very different looks.

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Pretty Mbane and “Corrective Rape”: Traveling around the world with playwright Jen Silverman

Henrik Eger interviews Jen Silverman about her world premiere play THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE! and the issues it raises.

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CLOSER (Luna): The sex is neither sensual nor dirty, it’s tactical

Campbell’s production allows us to see the raw humanity in these people—or, in many cases, the lack thereof.

Jennifer Summerfield, Maryruth Stine, Penelope Reed in ON THE VERGE at Hedgerow Theatre. (Photo credit: Ashley LaBonde of Wide Eyed Studios)

ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow): Self-discovery in the land of the unknown

There are so many layers to uncover in this work. It is a smart and clever piece; more performance art with humor and drama than a traditional comedy.

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HOT ‘n’ COLE: A Cole Porter Celebration! (Mauckingbird): What a swell party it is

Get yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Porter’s musical repartee and stylish insinuation, the swell costumes, and the sophisticated atmosphere.

Harry Smith (left) and Ian Merrill Peakes in "The Body of an American." Photo by Alexander Ilziliaev.

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN (Wilma): War lives in all of us

Did anyone anywhere actually believe that being photographed would take away the soul, or is that the kind of ethnocentric nonsense we need good foreign journalism to counter?

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THE FIFTH ELEMENT: Brian Sanders’ JUNK returns with Its 5th annual SNOWBALL

This year’s SNOWBALL—the annual one-night-only festive winter-wonderland fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK—will fill the Trocadero (where Sanders produced his first show in 1992) with spectacular dance, food, and libations inspired…

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Women ON THE VERGE: Kittson O’Neill and Jennifer Summerfield on Hedgerow’s wacky new comedy

Hedgerow fellow Brock Vickers sat down to talk to director Kittson O’Neill and actor Jennifer Summerfield about the theater’s January production.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Neal Zoren announces his 2014 picks for the best in Philadelphia theater

Each January, local critic Neil Zoren announces his favorite production, direction, and male and female actor and male and female supporting actor for the previous calendar year.

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INTO THE WOODS (dir, Rob Marshall): Movie review

“Into the Woods” goes beyond fairy tale into exploring a basic human dilemma, how to fight a destructive common enemy.

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BIG EYES (dir. Tim Burton): Movie review

Republished by kind permission from NealsPaper.com. Though Tim Burton plays it straight in this movie about a monomaniac who uses his wife’s talent to feed his ego and become fabulously…

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar: January 2015

January | February | March | April | May | June July | August | September | October | November | December Mary Poppins. By Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics), Julian Fellowes (book), and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (new songs and additional music…