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Famous Philadelphians: Ernesta Drinker Ballard (1920–2005)

A transformative force behind one of the city’s premier annual cultural events, Ernesta Drinker Ballard was also leading local and national figure in the campaign for equal rights for women…

Jacob Merinar as storytelling rabbit Dandelion. Photo by Kathryn Raines & Plate | 3 Photography.

WATERSHIP DOWN (Simpatico/ Drexel MPiRP): A hop along a classic of children’s literature

Director Allen Radway coordinates an intricate but unpretentious array of parts into a coherent and appealing whole.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

And the Winners Are… 2015 Barrymore Award winners

2015 Barrymore Awards recipients by award category

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Directing the Barrymores: Steve Pacek on putting together the award ceremony

Excitement, surprising winners, and a brand new award: Barrymore director Steve Pacek tells us whats in store at this years ceremony.

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Wine, Tapas, Flamenco! Pasión y Arte presents a contemporary take on a classic tablao

Pasión y Arte, an all-female flamenco dance company based in Philadelphia presents the first of a quarterly performance series.

Photo by Natalia Kabanow.

Chopin As He Was Meant To Be Heard: Without the piano

Frédéric François Chopin’s expressive and technically demanding piano concertos are among the finest in the classical music canon. So naturally, Polish actor Barbara Wysocka and director Michael Zadara (who make up the group…

"Kiss me, Kate": Aaron Fitzpatrick and Jenna Kuerzi in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): A woman moved

In her amusing staging of Shakespeare, director Carmen Khan focuses on the compromise, interplay, and transformative power of love which make up a mature relationship.

Sean Bradley, Krista Apple-Hodge, Brandon Pierce, and Clare O’Malley in METAMORPHOSES. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Diving into METAMORPHOSES: A watery stage takes shape at the Arden

A look at the building of the impressive set for the Arden production of METAMORPHOSES.

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A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.

Photo by Shawn May.

ROMEO AND JULIET (Quintessence): What fray was here?

In the eyes of director Alexander Burns this doomed romance never stood a chance.

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V TO X (GoKash): Truth behind bars

This world premiere play takes a deeply affecting look at the social carnage caused by mass imprisonment.

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HEDDA Gets Styled to Rock: Interview with designer Autumn Kietponglert

TV-famous fashion designer Autumn Kietponglert created a gorgeous mourning dress for an upcoming production of HEDDA GABLER.

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Famous Philadelphians: Ed Bacon (1910–2005)

A renowned urban planners and a key figure in the revitalized shape of late 20th century

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Sowing a Parable for our Times: Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER as a concert

Octavia Butler’s dystopian future seems especially relevant. Can we find respite in comradeship and song?

Gil Johnson (left) and Peter Andrew Danzig. Photo by Andy Joos.

Pope fever continues with ALTAR CALL

Random Acts of Theater and the Liberty Education Forum are riding the wave of Pope fever with the Philadelphia premiere of Melissa McBain’s ALTAR CALL,

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1.5 Million Men Missing: New play looks at “five to ten” and the devastation of the prison system

There are 1.5 million black men missing from American homes. V TO X examines who and where they are.

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SUITE N˚2 (Encyclopédie de la Parole / Joris Lacoste): 2015 Fringe review 55

Part chorale work, part theater, and part compelling curated art, this peculiarly affecting piece examines the diversity of contemporary communication.

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PUPPETDELPHIA FRINGE SLAM (Leila and Pantea Productions): 2015 Fringe review 42

Secret Life of Worms, America’s favorite sex ed teacher, singing sheep, foot-centric King of the Nerds fan fiction, and Jolly the Sperm Eating Horse.

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CUZZO (Aleksandra Berczynski, Roza Money and MB): 2015 Fringe review 39

With extremely short skirts, unabashed décolletage, and treacherously high heels, two women reminisce over shots at “the dirtiest of dirty dive bars”

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THERE (Jo Strømgren Kompani): 2015 Fringe review 35

You would be excused for not understanding exactly what is going on in THERE: the dialog is all in a Russianish nonsense language