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The Last Days of the Society Hill Playhouse

A stalwart of Philadelphia theater since the 1960s, Society Hill Playhouse will close on April 1, 2016. This Spring’s programming marks the final chapter in a long history.

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Famous Philadelphians: Hannah Penn (1664–1726)

Hannah Callowhill Penn grew up in Bristol, England, in a prosperous Quaker family.

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ESCUELA (Guillermo Calderón/ FringeArts): You say you want a revolution

A narrowly focused, transportative work about a cell of Marxist revolutionaries, like entering a fading kodachrome snapshot.

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More Flamenco. More Wine. Tablao Philly returns with flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano

Pasión y Arte brings flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano to the Asian Arts Initiative for the second Tablao Philly

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Second Acts: Top Philly playwright Bruce Graham talks FUNNYMAN and life in the theater

When you think Philadelphia theater, you think Bruce Graham. He shares his thoughts about his latest play, the state of theater in Philadelphia, and the art of writing plays.

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A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN (Walnut): 60-second review

The Walnut’s production reveals the bones of an American classic if never quite fleshes out the potential of the enduring masterwork.

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THE HARD PROBLEM (Wilma): Stoppard makes intelligible intelligence look easy

Tom Stoppard again demonstrates his uncanny ability to make dense philosophical discussions intelligible and dramatically sensible.

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EXCLUSIVE In-depth interview with Sir Tom Stoppard about his life and work

In this exclusive interview, Sir Tom Stoppard shares his thoughts on theater and life.

Upcoming Readings

  What: How Green Was My Valley with music by Roger Ames and book and lyrics by Elizabeth Bassine; The Gig with music, book, and lyrics by Doug Cohen; and A Good Man with music by…

The 1990s called; they want their facade back.

What Can The Wilma Do With $10 Million?

A new $10 million in funds includes money for an updated facade, a cafe space, and a 10-member artistic company.

Sarah Knittel stars in this month's NICE AND FRESH.

Performing Art for the Price of a Sandwich: NICE AND FRESH returns to Mount Airy

The new series kicks off with shorts from Sam Tower/ Plant Me Here, The Naked Stark, John Rosenberg/ Hella Fresh, and Josh McIlvain/ SmokeyScout.

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Loneliness on the Street and in the Dance Studio

Once homeless and non-homeless performers explore their commonalities and solitude.

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Phindie in 2015: The most popular articles of the last twelve months

In 2015, Phindie published over 550 pieces on local theater, dance, and other arts. W look back at the pieces which you liked the most.

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Stoppard in Philadelphia: Video of the playwright’s appearance at the Wilma

Theater webmagazine Howlround provide this video of a conversation with the internationally renowned playwright.

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A Baroque German Christmas: Tempesta di Mare presents 17th-century advent music

Tempesta di Mare is teaming up with Choral Arts Philadelphia and Piffaro Renaissance Band to perform selections of Christmas music from the Court of Dresden.

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Famous Philadelphians: Aaron Levy (1742-1815)

Aaron Levy was a prominent land speculator in Colonial Pennsylvania. A Jewish immigrant from Amsterdam, he founded Aaronsberg in Centre County, the first city in the United States designed by and named for a person of Jewish descent.

Pictured: Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan, Photo by Dan Comly, courtesy of FringeArts

ABBOT ADAM: NONE (No Face/ FringeArts): What does it all mean?

The second part of No Face Performance Group’s ABBOT ADAM series begins with the faintly absurd and moves to the thoroughly absurd.

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A Night With Tom Stoppard: The playwright visits the Wilma to talk about his latest play

Tom Stoppard talks THE HARD PROBLEM with cognitive scientist David Chalmers.

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A KNEE THAT CAN BEND (Orbiter 3): Love and life in a hot country

In Africa as elsewhere, for queers as for everyone, life plays out messily in small tragedies and little loves.

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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.