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A Weird History: Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter and his peculiar museum

Within a staid building at 22nd and Ludlow lies one of the most peculiar and enthralling museums in the world.

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Famous Philadelphians: Hermann Schwarzmann (1846–1891)

As chief engineer for the Centennial Exhibition Grounds, Hermann Schwarzmann transformed Fairmount Park into a world-class venue for the 1876 fair celebrating America’s 100th anniversary.

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We Are All Chelsea Manning: Inis Nua actors on what THE RADICALISATION OF BRADLEY MANNING means to them

We asked the actors in this challenging production: Who is Bradley Manning to you?

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Not Going Gently: 1812 rocks with an album and a play

Harriet Power sits on a stool at a lightly stocked semi-circle bar in the corner of a spacious music room a block from the Ninth Street Market. She’s watching as…

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Chris, Bruce, and Doug: Interview with three playwrights restaging a Fringe favorite

We talk to Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh, and Doug Williams ahead of their relaunch of HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS.

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SEX WITH STRANGERS (PTC): Turn the page

Laura Eason’s play raises some interesting questions about love and art, but it is largely uninterested in exploring them.

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Famous Philadelphians: Cornelius “Connie Mack” McGillicuddy (1862–1956)

The most successful owner and manager in Philadelphia sports history was Cornelius McGillicuddy, better known as Connie Mack. He was born to Irish immigrants in East Brookfield, Massachusetts and worked as a New England textile mill hand before discovering baseball.

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MACBETH (Philly Shakes): Blood should have blood

This is a solidly accessible MACBETH, with comprehensible delivery and an easy-to-follow story—the kind of Shakespeare you go see with your high school class.

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Check Your Privilege: (re)FOCUS Fest

Four theater ensembles explore the concept of privilege and to celebrate diversity through shared performance.

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PIFA Returns: A full schedule of the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

The 16-day celebration of art showcasing a breadth of local and international performances and installations presented at locations across Philadelphia.

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SHOW NO SHOW (Gabrielle Revlock & Aleksandr Frolov): Moving relationships

A smart, funny dance piece tracking a relationship, or relationships, through a series of well-expressed interactions

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Agitate This! Bastion Carboni (aka Pilar Salt) on a new showcase melding theater and burlesque

A theater artist is bringing “a new kind of showcase to the Gayborhood”.

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It’s Family Friendly But It Still Has Hot Cowboys: Quince director Rich Rubin on RODEO by Philip Dawkins

Quince artistic director Rich Rubin about his company, its latest production, and the unique challenges of staging a family show.

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TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Arden): 1969, Pittsburgh

August Wilson is a really good playwright. That’s hardly a bold critical statement, but it’s one confirmed by this vivid production at Arden Theatre Company.

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Taming the Brew: ShakesBEER brings the Bard to a brewery with a drinky MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“The script is a little more silly and beer filled then Shakespeare originally wrote it,” says MTC’s artistic director Sean Connolly.

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You Don’t Know Philadelphia Writers Like Thom Nickels

Thom Nickels is the go-to person for Philadelphia architecture, gay Philadelphia, and now, literary Philadelphia.

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Tennessee Williams in Space? Caitlin Weigel talks about writing a play she doesn’t call a play

When does a sketch become a play? How you know when something is funny? Caitlin Weigel might know.

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INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MATT & JACQUIE’S SKETCH COMEDY (Good Good Comedy):

The evening satisfyies with steady and smart amusement through short, tightly written and unassumingly delivered sketches.

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Hot Tamales! Playwright Chris Davis talks Mexican food and history ahead of his butcher play

If there are two things Chris Davis knows they are good theater and good Mexican food.