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EXIT THE KING (IRC): Fringe Review 1

Ionesco’s absurdist tragicomedy on death and the human condition comes to life in Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s hilarious and affecting production.

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[NYC] MIDWAY AVENUE (Nichole Canuso Dance Company) & ATOMIC ORBITAL (Laura Peterson Choreography) at HERE

Choreographers Nichole Canuso and Laura Peterson debut their unique new works in a complementary joint program at SoHo’s HERE Arts Center.

Tucker Delaney-Winn in the title role of Feast Productions’ HAMLET THE HIP-HOPERA (Photo credit: Courtesy of the Production)

[NYC] HAMLET THE HIP-HOPERA (Feast Productions): FringeNYC review

This FringeNYC mash-up of Shakespeare and Eminem combines passages of The Bard’s verse and prose with current explications and amplifications set to an urban beat.

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[NYC] TO DANCE – THE MUSICAL (Dancing in the Dark Productions): FringeNYC review

The life and struggles of Russian ballet dancer Valery Panov continues to inspire new generations.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Mechanical): A rapid-fire current view of Shakespeare’s “merry war”

Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy is given a new look and a quick pace in Mechanical Theater’s delightful production, performed at Society Hill’s historic Powel House.

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Back in White: Philadelphia’s fourth annual DÎNER EN BLANC

The elegant group picnic returns with entertainment by DJ Sabeel Chohan, dance troupe The Canarsie Wobblers, and The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret.

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Fringe Preview: THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister)

The creators/performers of THE LIGHT PRINCESS discuss the development of their adaptation of the 19th-century Scottish fairytale before its workshop production in the Fringe.

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RAGE OF ACHILLES (CCTC): The absurdity and tragedy of war

Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents a world-premiere production of Paul Parente’s meaningful tragicomedy on the absurdities and horrors of war, inspired by the events and characters from Homer’s Iliad.

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STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Top Philly theater writer Deb Miller previews the best of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Ryan Walter and Bobby Goodrich face off in DIVINE INTERVENTION (Photo credit: Garrett Matthew)

DIVINE/INTERVENTION (sbgProductions & Faux Real Entertainment): Reflections on the dual life of “the drag queen of the century”

The dual life of Glenn Milstead, a performer who achieved international fame in John Waters’ cult-classic films as the drag queen Divine, is the subject of a compelling new play.

Charlie DelMarcelle (the Lord) and Leonard Kelly (Sly) in Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Delaware Shakespeare): The people’s choice!

Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes was the audience choice for this year’s outdoor summer production by the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

Main façade of Glen Foerd mansion (Photo credit: Faith West Photography)

Celebrate the Roaring ’20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” at Glen Foerd Mansion

Glen Foerd, northeast Philly’s Gilded-Age mansion, celebrates the Roaring ‘20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” on August 1. The event includes vintage music, dancing, lawn games, and more.

Craig Hutchings stars in the title role of SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Ritz (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Ritz): Even ogres can live happily ever after

Fans of the popular 2001 animated film, the 1990 children’s book by William Steig, and the 4-D attraction at Universal Studios can now see their favorite green ogre come to life on stage.

Paul McElwee and Erica Scanlon Harr in Mazeppa’s CLOSER THAN EVER (Photo credit: Kelly Anne Pipe Design and Photography)

CLOSER THAN EVER (Mazeppa): A charming musical exposé of mid-life angst

All songs and no dialogue is the format Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) and David Shire (score) employ for their popular two-act musical revue now enjoying a top-notch staging by Mazeppa Productions.

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A Woman’s World: A conversation with Brenna Geffers, Lane Savadove, and Adrienne Mackey on bringing a new focus on women to Philadelphia theater

For the theme of its 2015–16 season, EgoPo Classic Theater has announced it will honor American female playwrights: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.

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SPLEEN (Johnny Smith): SoLow review

Smith reveals the conflicting aspects of his personality in his outwardly funny but internally anguished reactions to the damage done to his body and psyche by a car crash that left him physically and emotionally scarred,

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BICYCLE FACE (Hannah Van Sciver): SoLow review

Hannah Van Scriver’s SoLow show looks at the changing face of feminism across the centuries

1. PTC, MURDER FOR TWO, Branzel and Lowe, photo Jim Cox

MURDER FOR TWO (PTC): It’s all in the timing

Timing is everything in this 90-minute madcap whirlwind satire of Agatha-Christie-style whodunits.

Trent Blanton (background left), Andy Phelan, and Jessica DalCanton in Passage Theatre Company’s THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE (Photo credit: Michael Goldstein)

THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE (Passage): A cosmic consideration of post-modern parenthood

In Passage Theatre Company’s world-premiere production, the conditions needed for a post-modern couple to create life are no longer as limited as they once were