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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Curtis Opera Theatre/Opera Philadelphia): Clowns and opera collide

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La Bête” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th century works to mind.

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No Elephants in This Circus: Lauren Rile Smith talks about Tangle Movement Arts’ circus-theater cabaret TELL IT SLANT

Lauren Rile Smith talks about circus, feminism, and whether or not there will be large mammals at Tangle Movement Arts TELL IT SLANT.

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"Unnecessary Farce," now extended until March 29. Photo by Mark Garvin.

UNNECESSARY FARCE (Act II): 60-second review

A stakeout goes awry with hilarious consequences in UNNECESSARY FARCE at Act II Playhouse.

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ROCCO (ICKamsterdam/FringeArts): Choreographic gloves come off

Philly dance fans were ringside for the fights last weekend for ROCCO, an exhibition of choreographic pugilism

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There’s No Business Like…: Tempesta di Mare presents 17th-century theater music

When baroque music fell out of fashion centuries ago, the original music for 17th century theater stopped accompanying even much-revived plays.

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THE FAREWELL PARTY launches the 2015 Israeli Film Festival

Netanyahu isn’t Israel’s only visitor to the United States this month. Philadelphia’s annual Israeli Film Festival opens its 19th season this Saturday with a dark comedy featuring many of Israel’s top actors.

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[book review] FOLLIES OF GOD (James Grissom): Validating Tennessee Williams

“The greatness of . . . people lies in how they got from their squalor—real or perceived—and became artists.”

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[visual] Art Made in China at PII Gallery

Considering every Ming vase and iPhone is made there, Chinese imports are curiously negatively stereotyped in the United States. Old City’s PII Gallery counters this with its new exhibition of emerging Chinese artist Jinming Huang,

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BLACK SWAN (Dance Iquail): Tutus as Afros just aren’t enough!

Dance Iquail used the tutu, which is an iconic costume in classical ballet, placed it atop the heads of the dancers and shifted its representation from a symbol of white ballet to a symbol of black pride.

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Diary of a Playwright: Doug Williams tracks his thoughts as he prepares for his first professional production

Douglas Williams has partnered with Phindie to share the playwright’s perspective as a new play is developed, rehearsed, and produced

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BrainSpunk Theater launches its new home with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE!

Sharpen your stilettos! BrainSpunk Theater introduces its new performance space in Kensington with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE!, March 5-28, 2015.

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Drexel students find their “Philly Groove” with unfinished songs from the 1970s

Students from Drexel University’s music industry program are breathing life into music tracks that have been silent for more than 40 years.

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The Powel House: Utilizing Historic PhilaLandmarks as venues for the arts

Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015, the Powel House is hosting an array of special events in the fine and performing arts throughout the year.

UNCLE ANDY, an upcoming feature film by Abby Warhola and Jesse Best (Photo credit: Courtesy of Warhola Films, from a photo by James Warhola, 1975)

Art in the Family: An inside preview of UNCLE ANDY (Warhola Films), a family biopic of Andy Warhol

Members of Andy Warhol’s family are preserving their personal recollections in a new film project, UNCLE ANDY: THE ANDY WARHOL FAMILY FILM.

Buck Schirner and Daniel Fredrick in Mickle Street at Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MICKLE STREET (Walnut): There is more to life than theatrics

Philadelphia playwright Michael Whistler’s latest play, Mickle Street, shows Oscar Wilde, 27, searching for an identity and seeking out advice from older poet Walt Whitman.

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Irish Eyes Still Smiling: LAFFERTY’S WAKE back at Society Hill Playhouse 17 years later

In 1997, Inquirer theater critic Douglas J. Keating attended the world premiere of LAFFERTY’S WAKE, an interactive Irish-style play conceived by Susan Turlish and her cast of local actors.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar: March 2015

January | February | March | April | May | June July | August | September | October | November | December Private Lives. By Noël Coward. January 13–March 1, 2015. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street. walnutstreettheatre.org. Under the Skin. By Michael Hollinger. January 15-March 15, 2015. Arden Theatre Company, 40…

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A “real” American isn’t just a white American: Jeanne Sakata and the Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi. Part 2 of the interview with the playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Plays & Players

Jeanne Sakata gives another interview on her moving play HOLD THESE TRUTHS, about Gordon Hirabayashi’s battle with the Supreme Cour to stop the injustices of Japanese American internment camps.

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“We are not nearly as special as we think we are!”: Denise Shubin gives a candid interview about the Philadelphia theater community

For almost three decades, hundreds of theater artists and young companies spread their wings at the Shubin Theatre, Denise Shubin’s converted house on Bainbridge Street.

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Kerouac and Google Maps: ON THE ROAD by GPS

Head northwest on W 7th St toward 7th Ave. Take the 1st left onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto W 39th St. Take the ramp onto Lincoln Tunnel. Parts of this road are closed Mon-Fri 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Entering New Jersey.