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Come One Come All: Gathering of Northwest Philadelphia performing arts companies and artists on April 20

With Chestnut Hill’s Stagecrafters Theater, East Falls’ Old Academy Players, and Mount Airy’s Allens Lane Theater, there’s a surprising number of theaters in Northwest Philadelphia. Two of the newest companies,…

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Lecture, Talkback, Slam! Upcoming events at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Philly Shakes is offering audiences a mid-spring series of supplemental events on three Sundays in April and May.

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PENELOPE (Inis Nua): Love and death in a hot country

Enda Walsh’s existential thought-play treads a well-worn path, but it does so with intelligence and poetry.

Carl Heyde and Carol Enoch star in THE GOLDEN COACH.

THE GOLDEN COACH (Stagecrafters): Farcical wheels of fortune

In THE GOLDEN COACH, a comedy, author and director Yaga Brady takes the audience back to 1770 in Lima, Peru. We meet the Spanish Viceroy, Manuel de Amat y Junient…

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GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT (CTC): An electrifying production of a timeless punk-rock opera

CTC’s production, directed with full-out intensity by Michael Gray, captures all the rage, love, frustration, and uncertainty of rebellious youth on the verge of adulthood.

Lee Minora and Matteo Scammell in THE HAIRY APE. Photo by David Sarrafian.

THE HAIRY APE (EgoPo): The cage of modern life

The challenge for EgoPo director Brenna Geffers was to make a play which must have been theatrically and politically radical a century ago relevant to a 21st-century audience.

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THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN (IHT): Humor and horror in the Irish homeland

Set during their fight for independence, this controversial two-act tragicomedy merges realism with poetry for an insightful and funny view of the Irish.

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Rare emotion and rarer straightforwardness [critical mass review #5]

The elements which displease other writers are what makes this production a success, according to Michael Fisher in review five of the ongoing Critical Mass series.

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“My greatest challenge as a director on Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on language in MACBETH (Arden), part 2

“The magic of Shakespeare is not in his plots. Shakespeare’s genius is his poetry,”

Holmes (Josh Hitchens) and Watson (Peter Zielinski) at home in the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion.

Sherlock Holmes at Home in Northwest Philadelphia: THE VALLEY OF FEAR at the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion

Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective stories are well suited to stage, with strong characters, a firm setting, and delicious plot lines.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): What fools these mortals be!

Philly Shakes’ production isn’t afraid to embrace the wonderfully silly and naughty aspects of Shakespeare, and the approach works like a charm.

Frank X and Sally Mercer in InterAct’s UNCANNY VALLEY (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

UNCANNY VALLEY (InterAct): What makes us human?

Post-modern technology collides with human ethics in InterAct Theatre Company’s revolving world-premiere production of playwright-in-residence Thomas Gibbons’ UNCANNY VALLEY.

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NATIONAL PASTIME (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

It’s 1933 in the struggling radio station WZBQ in Baker City, Iowa. Owner Barry hatches an ingenious plan to resurrect a defunct baseball team, boost ratings, and save the station.

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SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Mechanical): An authentic delight!

What better place than Philadelphia’s historic Powel House for its resident company, The Mechanical Theater, to stage this historically faithful production.

Jahzeer Terrell as a soldier, Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth, Terence Macsweeny and Sean Bradley as Soldiers in MACBETH at the Arden. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Shakepeare as spectacle [critical mass review #4]

It’s the fourth installment of the Critical Mass review of MACBETH at the Arden, but Julius Ferraro thinks too many works have already been written about an unremarkable piece of theater.

Ross Beschler and Zainab Jah in HAMLET. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

HAMLET (Wilma): Blanka Zizka’s daring production amazes while keeping its distance

Not unlike the U.S. Constitution, HAMLET endures partly because its imperfections and spaces allow for different ways to read it.

Alexander Burns directing MACBETH at the Arden

“I was born into Shakespeare, the American Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on directing MACBETH (Arden), part 1

I will never forget the first time I saw Hamlet. My sister and I were out playing on the street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

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“A conversation until it’s a fight”: Playwright Jeff Talbott talks about THE SUBMISSION (Quince)

An explosive tale of race, sexuality, and prejudice, THE SUBMISSION gave Jeff Talbott awards, acclaim, and a new life. Phindie talks to the playwright ahead of it’s Philadelphia premiere.

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THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST, PART I (PAC): A pirate adventure “worth gold!”

Thomas Heywood’s ridiculous rip-roaring romantic romp across the high seas of the English Renaissance is the latest in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s acclaimed productions of rarely seen classics.

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.