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Making Philadelphia Theater Great Again: Ken Brady’s THE LETTER H

What will future theatermakers and scriptwriters make of Donald Trump and his campaign. Ken Brady gets a head start.

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And the winners are… 2016 Barrymore Awards

For the second year in a row, Theatre Exile led the pack with five Barrymore Awards for its production of The Invisible Hand

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Live Tweeting the Barrymores

Tonight is the ceremony for the annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, and Phindie will be there, holding a cell phone and live tweeting about the gathering and the winners.

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Keen to Feed: Favorite tunes from Red 40 & the Last Groovement

Artists from Philly’s favorite clown-funk band pick favorite songs from their new album and the world of music

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Dinner Theater, Recooked

Irreverent local performers present two strange and sumptuous evenings of independent theater and comedy alongside food and cocktails

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GROUNDED (InterAct): The killing screens

GROUNDED is a tale for our times: war is most hellish when it resembles office life, reality is most profound rendered in pixels.

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THE BIRDS (Curio): Terror takes flight

This adaptation by master Irish playwright Conor McPherson finds its horror in the claustrophobic relationships between its four characters

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Thomas Choinacky Says There’s No Hope

The founder of SoLow Fest talks about his latest work, HOPELESSNESS, performed one night only October 8.

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Philly’s Kinda Cool episode 2.1: We back!

Would Sebastian would rather sleep with Hillary or Donald, what the hell his Fringe show was about, and what’s the worst way to cook an omelette?

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Drone Warfare Hits Home: Kittson O’Neill on InterAct’s GROUNDED

Kittson O’Neill plays a fighter pilot and expectant mother living in a desert suburb in the U.S. Southwest, controlling weapons which kill people in a distant foreign desert.

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HOW WE GOT ON (Azuka): A rapper’s delight straight outta the suburbs

Idris Goodwin’s play displays the same playful humor, poetic intelligence, and human insights as the early hip hop music it salutes.

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RIZZO (PTC): A larger-than-life life onstage

An entertaining work about a compelling character, RIZZO displays pitfalls common to biographical drama.

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KING JOHN (Revolution Shakespeare): 2016 Fringe review 88

You won’t get many opportunities to see KING JOHN; you’re unlikely to see one as well-rendered as Revolution Shakespeare’s.

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SCARLETT LETTERS (Ross & Diggs): 2016 Fringe review 81

Playwright Patrick Ross, who gives us a history of sexism, quotes and references to literature and mythology, and plenty of Hawthorne in a smartly woven one-woman show

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The Bastard of KING JOHN: Carlo Campbell on Revolution Shakespeare Fringe offering

Rev Shakes’ annual mainstage productions begin the final weekend of the Fringe and showcase a sensibility at home in the festival

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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.

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DOUBT, A PARABLE (Way Off Broad St. Theater Company): 2016 Fringe review 64

Way Off Broad St. Theater Company justify the festival inclusion of this modern classic with a site-specific setting in a chapel of the Arch Street United Methodist Church and a solid take on an excellent play.

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DUTCH MASTERS (AMH Productions): 2016 Fringe review 60

AMH Productions finds the humor and poignancy in Keller’s quietly affecting consideration of race, class, and human connection

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WROUGHTLAND (Gunnar Montana): 2016 Fringe review 55

Gunar Montana’s choreography is seriously energetic, more downright sexual than subtly sensual.