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THE CRAFTSMAN (Lantern): Crafting a good story

Now in its world premiere from Lantern Theater, the latest play by Philly’s favorite playwright Bruce Graham is based on a true story. It’s a great story.

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Theater in Sketch: ON EDGE (PA Ballet)

Pennsylvania Ballet’s new program, On Edge, is now at the Merriam Theater until November 12. Few companies could rehearse and mount a modern dance program only weeks after their Sleeping…

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ON EDGE (PA Ballet): Cutting-edge ballet by three striking choreographers

What is normal or abnormal? What is black or white? What is right or wrong? Or are those ideas all meaningless in this chaotic world?

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Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: An avant-garde piano show at the Barnes

The Barnes Foundation is sponsoring a very high-level series of musical performances, which connect visual arts and music. Robert Whalen and his wife, Katherine Skovira, who are music directors for…

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

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Right Hand Woman: An interview with Emily Zeck, PTC’s managing director

Emily Zeck brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Philadelphia Theatre Company’s managing director.

Esplanade sketch by Chuck Schultz.

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY (NextMove Dance): Finding new by experiencing antecedent

Paul Taylor is one of the most important figures in the history of modern dance. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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THE GAP (Azuka): Self-discovery onstage

By revealing the plot through meta layers, Goidel reinforces the idea that we’re watching self-discovery through art.

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BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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BLOOD WEDDING (Wilma): Movement in the veins

Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING makes a fitting vehicle for the Wilma Theater in-house troupe.

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Theater in Sketch: Previewing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Chuck Schultz sketches a preview talk from the Phantom.

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BORG MCENROE (dir. Janus Metz): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Fitting that the festival which began with I, Tonya should end, at least for me, on a similar note with Borg McEnroe. While not as heightened for the purpose of…

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Walnut): A bell rings

If you’re in the mood for a misty-eyed, life-affirming moment, It’s a Wonderful Life is the show for you.

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BAD DAY FOR THE CUT (dir. Chris Baugh): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The right amount of craftsmanship can elevate even the lowest budget film into something special,

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THE SQUARE (dir. Ruben Östlund): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The Square uses awkward humor to explore the ridiculousness of ‘high class’ expression.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar November 2017

What’s onstage in Philly this November?

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Phindie will be Live Tweeting the 2017 Barrymore Awards

Tonight is the ceremony for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, and Phindie will be there, holding a cell phone and live tweeting about the gathering and the winners….

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection

Naughty and nice collide in TOUCHTONES, a musical fantasy in world premiere at the Arden.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (dir. Martin McDonagh): Philadelphia Film Festival review

“Raped while dying,” the first billboard reads. The next, “And still no arrests,” and finally, “How come, Chief Willoughby?”