Anthony Crosby and Amanda Schoonover in Simpatico’s THE IT GIRL (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

THE IT GIRL (Simpatico): Sounds of silence that still resonate

A world-premiere fictionalized bio-play on silent-film star Clara Bow captures the era and the lessons of her life and career as seen through a contemporary lens.

Julianna Zinkel and Irungu Mutu in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (BRT): A poetic parable about the language of love

Julia Cho’s lofty romantic comedy examines the beauty of language and the failure of humans to communicate.

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FUNNYMAN (Arden): Comedy on the brink of tragedy

A new play by Bruce Graham considers the sadness that often underlies comedy and the need to adapt to changing styles and the struggles of life.

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Winter’s Hottest Forecast: SNOWBALL 2016 by Brian Sanders’ JUNK will blow you away!

This year’s SNOWBALL, an annual winter fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK, transforms Union Transfer into a winter wonderland filled with daring dance, music, raffles, drinks, and a spectacular faux snowball fight.

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K.O. DelMarcelle: Maintaining versatility with an eye on the future

Barrymore Award-nominated actress and choreographer K.O. DelMarcelle talks about her past experiences, current life, and future aspirations.

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[NYC] SANCTUARY (Yardley Productions): One woman’s impassioned call for peace

An original multimedia solo show explores the impact of war on women throughout the world and across time, while considering the role they could, and should, play to bring peace to our planet.

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Chatting with the Lantern’s Charles McMahon about his new play on Oscar Wilde

Charles McMahon discusses the inspiration, themes, and format of his new play on Oscar Wilde, prior to its world premiere with Lantern Theater Company.

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JINGLE BELLES: SNOWED IN (Nightcap Cabaret): A fast and funny dose of musical Christmas cheer

An original fast and funny holiday cabaret will teach you the true meaning of Christmas and leave you wishing that you were snowed in with this talented team of creators/performers!

Sean Vermeire, Geremy Webne-Behrman, and Loretta Vasile in Mechanical’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Photo credit: Eric Singel)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mechanical): A clever take on Dickens’ holiday classic

A witty new adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas classic is performed in under an hour by a cast of three in a beautiful historic setting.

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PETER RABBIT TALES (Enchantment): Enchanting world-class children’s theater

An original adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s stories is told through expressive movement, music, and voice-over narration, with colorful costumes, masks, and puppetry.

Richard Shoberg and Catherine Russell in PERFECT CRIME (Photo credit: Courtesy of DDPR)

[NYC] PERFECT CRIME (Armand Hyatt): A conundrum of a play

New York’s longest running play is a convoluted whodunit, filled with twists and turns that would confuse even the most seasoned detective.

Chris Davis and Anthony J. Wilkinson in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN MIDLIFE CRISIS (Photo credit: Rick Stockwell)

[NYC] MY BIG GAY ITALIAN MIDLIFE CRISIS (Bianco Productions): The side-splitting saga continues!

The third in Anthony J. Wilkinson’s Off-Broadway trilogy takes a personal look at what it means to be middle-aged, gay, and Italian, with over-the-top humor and heartwarming sensitivity.

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HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden): The sweet rewards of hope, understanding, and kindness

A world-premiere stage adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s 19th-century children’s story delivers a clear message about the importance of kindness and understanding.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (CTC): A post-modern musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com

An updated musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com brings current import to the battle of the sexes and coming of age in post-modern times.

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812): The tenth anniversary of an annual favorite

This year’s installment of the annual politically-incorrect political comedy skewers the presidential candidates and brings some welcome laughs to a troubled week

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (PTC): A wacky spoof on a classic novel

An entertaining spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian classic injects humor and surprises into the well-known mystery.

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS (THE LATER YEARS): A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): The triumphant return of a holiday favorite

The annual panto returns with a wacky take on Alexandre Dumas’ beloved adventure story of 17th-century France.

Craig Mulhern Jr. and Lyn Philistine in A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Walnut Street Theatre (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (Walnut): Recollections of an unforgettable holiday

The Philadelphia debut of a popular musical is filled with humor, wonderment, and sentimental recollections of a child’s Christmas in 1940 Indiana.

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[book review] THE PHILADELPHIA CONNECTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH PLAYWRIGHTS, by B.J. Burton

Interviews with fifteen of Philadelphia’s noted contemporary playwrights give insights into the city’s flourishing theater community.

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MERLIN AND WART (Kevin Stackhouse): Theater in the service of social reform

An intensely disturbing and impactful new play imagines the horrendous neglect and abuse suffered by two severely ill patients at Byberry Mental Hospital on the day of its closing in 1987.