Arming GABLER: Prop designer Paul Kuhn talks about his work on HEDDA GABLER

Paul Kuhn is perhaps the finest designer in Philadelphia’s independent theater. He tells Phindie about his prop design for a site-specific production of Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER.


HOME/S. 9TH ST. (Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers): Home is where the dance is

Addressing the issues of immigration and acceptance, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers utilize dance and theatrics to explore the meaning of home.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.


Roald Dahl is wildly popular, and this musical version of MATILDA benefits from the author’s lionization.


THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL (Montgomery Theater): Treasure amid the chintz

The clock is ticking down to tinsel time at Armadillo Acres in Starke, Florida, where the residents intend to blind the heavens with bargain store bling, lots of lights and…


BILLY ELLIOT (Media Theatre): Dance Billy, dance

As usual with 2007 musical version of the 2000 movie, the personal scenes are the strength of this production

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS (THE LATER YEARS): A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): The triumphant return of a holiday favorite

The annual panto returns with a wacky take on Alexandre Dumas’ beloved adventure story of 17th-century France.


BECOMING DR. RUTH (Walnut): 60-second review

Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty play about the woman who became Dr. Ruth.

Kingsley Ibeneche and Sanchel Brown lead the cast of BLACK NATIVITY. (Photo courtesy of Matthew J. Photography)

BLACK NATIVITY (Theatre Horizon): A celebration of human spirit

Ozzie Jones’s production of this updated Langston Hughes play dazzles in just about every way a theater piece can.

Chloe Felesina, Zachary Kapeluck and Company in Nicolo Fonte's "Beasts". Photo by Bill Hebert

FALL SERIES 2015 (BalletX): Nature and nurture through breathtaking dancers

BalletX, kicks off their inaugural 10th season with the Fall Series 2015 with a world premiere by internationally acclaimed choreographer, Nicolo Fonte.

Craig Mulhern Jr. and Lyn Philistine in A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Walnut Street Theatre (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (Walnut): Recollections of an unforgettable holiday

The Philadelphia debut of a popular musical is filled with humor, wonderment, and sentimental recollections of a child’s Christmas in 1940 Indiana.


AGE & BEAUTY, parts 1 & 2 (Miguel Gutierrez/ FringeArts): Choreographing the harsh realities of being a working artist

This three-part series by Miguel Gutierrez explores the difficulties of the performer’s life and career.

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FULL OF GRACE, part 2: Oppressed Catholic voices on stage

More thoughts on the good, bad, and ugly presented in Scott Barrow and Robert Choiniere’s play about LGBT Catholics.

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WEEDING OUT THE STONED (Good Good Comedy): Highly entertaining

Remember when you used to smoke tons of weed but thought no one knew you were stoned out of your gourd? You were wrong.


A PORCH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Transmissions): The magic happens in magical realism

A magical realism play based on a true story could easily be a disaster, but Transmissios Theatre makes the magic happen.


Sketches of Ives: IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING

Here’s what Chuck Schultz saw at the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives.


MACBETH (Villanova): Ambition, conscience, fates, and kazoos

This production offers gore, unconventionality, and laughs, and certainly strikes up debates about the meaning of the play’s profound poetry.

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A PORCH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Transmissions): Extremist religion and unrequited love

In deep Siberia, Karp Lykov and his grown children encounter their first outsiders in fifty years.

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Interviews with fifteen of Philadelphia’s noted contemporary playwrights give insights into the city’s flourishing theater community.

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LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE (Azuka): Cultural identities in the stage lights

Three cleverly interconnected survival stories about the complicated nature of life, love, and family.