Christopher Patrick Mullen as Merlyn and Susan McKey as Archimedes in ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON at People’s Light (Photo caption: Mark Garvin)

ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): Coming of age in the Middle Ages

The family friendly holiday panto takes a wacky look at the growing pains of the future King Arthur as he faces the challenges of life, learning, and leadership.

Peter DeLaurier (with Clare Mahoney in the background) in Lantern Theater Company's QED (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

QED (Lantern): A glowing tribute to a brilliant man

Peter DeLaurier reprises his role as physicist Richard Feynman in Lantern Theater Company’s remount of its 2006 hit.

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GREEN PORNO (Isabella Rossellini): Sex and celebrity in the service of a serious message

It’s no secret that sex and celebrity sell, so what better use for those ever-reliable marketing commodities than in the service of a serious message? That’s precisely what actress/model/activist Isabella…

1. IRC, DURANG, Tina Brock, David Stanger, and Andrew Carroll in Desire

A STREETCAR NAMED DURANG (IRC): 60-second review

High-energy hilarity fills L’Étage as the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium remounts its 2008 Fringe hit, a trio of one-act parodies by Christopher Durang.

Victoria Rose Bonito and J Hernandez star in BLOOD WEDDING (Photo credit: Kate Raines/PLATE 3 Photography)

BLOOD WEDDING (PAC/MPiRP): A symbiotic relationship between the arts and education

Love, betrayal, vengeance, and death are the themes of Federico García Lorca’s Spanish Symbolist tragedy, BLOOD WEDDING.

Justin Jain and Bi Jean Ngo in InterAct’s CAUGHT (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

CAUGHT (InterAct): On the nature of art and truth

When artful deceptions permeate an artist’s life, it casts doubt on everything we believe but never really knew.

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Isabella Rossellini Brings GREEN PORNO to World Cafe Live

Inspired by her love of animals and her concerns about unsound environmental practices, Rossellini’s well-researched work is both funny and educational.

Josh Hitchens in STOKER’S DRACULA (Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy)

STOKER’S DRACULA (Josh Hitchens): 60-second review

Josh Hitchens delivers a spine-chilling tour de force in his solo dramatization of one of the world’s most terrifying horror stories.

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HENRY V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Bringing history to life and making learning fun

Aaron Cromie brings his inimitable brand of wit and insight to this exuberant interpretation of HENRY V.

Dave Johnson and J Hernandez in WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Photo credit: Ilana Caplan)

WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Tiny Dynamite and InterAct Theatre Company): A Philadelphia world-premiere comedy

Season 4 of Tiny Dynamite’s month-long happy-hour series A Play, A Pie and A Pint concludes with its first commissioned work.

Playwright Lucas Hnath (Photo credit: Courtesy of Lucas Hnath)

A Conversation with Playwright Lucas Hnath, Director Deborah Block, and the Cast of Theatre Exile’s RED SPEEDO

Playwright Lucas Hnath raises serious legal, ethical, societal, and personal issues in RED SPEEDO, his 2013 play enjoying its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre Exile.

Mechanical Theater’s MASQUE OF POE features Melissa Amilani in “Hop Frog” (Photo credit: Loretta Vasile)

MASQUE OF POE (Mechanical Theater): A hauntingly powerful evening of storytelling

Mechanical Theater’s Halloween-season offering, MASQUE OF POE, honors its mission of creating theatrical projects designed for Philadelphia’s unique historical settings.

William Zielinski and Kevin Bergen in ROW AFTER ROW at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

ROW AFTER ROW (People’s Light): Finding the courage to fight and to heal

Local-born playwright Jessica Dickey considers the humor and heartache of mustering the courage to fight in an insightful comedy about three Civil War re-enactors.

Marcia Saunders and Harry Watermeier star in A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Photo credit: Emma Gibson)

A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Tiny Dynamite and Azuka Theatre Company): A wildly heartwarming week 3 of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell accomplishes the unexpected in his one-act obscenity-laden comedy A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY

A gargoyle overlooks the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary’s TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Photo credit: Krystle Marcellus)

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary): Philadelphia’s top halloween attraction

Now in its 22nd year, this theatrical production ranks among the top haunted-house attractions in the US.

R. Eric Thomas in ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID (Photo credit: Jay Olsen)

ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID (R. Eric Thomas): 60-second review

R. Eric Thomas’s updated version of his 2012 hit provides a seamless synthesis of stand-up comedy and storytelling with the narrative structure of a one-act rom-com

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A NIGHT WITH LADY G (Irish Heritage Theatre): A Trilogy of Proofs of the Irish Gift of Gab!

A NIGHT WITH LADY G features three one-act plays by Lady Augusta Gregory, a key force in the Irish Literary Revival and co-founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

The Letter of Last Resort by David Greig. Directed by Claire Moyer, with Adam Rzepka and Susan Giddings. October 2nd, 3rd, 5th 2014.

THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT (Tiny Dynamite and Inis Nua): A Thought-Provoking Satire on “The Crazy Strategy” of Nuclear Weapons

A Play, A Pie and A Pint opens with THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT, Scottish playwright David Greig’s political satire on the absurdities of our atomic age.

House concert with Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz (Photo credit: Debra Miller)

Connecting with musicians Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz

Singers/songwriters/musicians Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz are busier than ever this week with an upcoming show at the Tin Angel.

Michael Genet and Ruffin Prentiss in FENCES at People’s Light & Theatre Company (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

FENCES (People’s Light): On broken dreams and the hope for change

The 2nd production by People’s Light from Wilson’s “Century Cycle”, FENCES is an engaging and profound examination of very human characters dealing with very challenging circumstances,