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[book review] FOLLIES OF GOD (James Grissom): Validating Tennessee Williams

“The greatness of . . . people lies in how they got from their squalor—real or perceived—and became artists.”

The Powel House

The Powel House: Utilizing Historic PhilaLandmarks as venues for the arts

Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015, the Powel House is hosting an array of special events in the fine and performing arts throughout the year.

UNCLE ANDY, an upcoming feature film by Abby Warhola and Jesse Best (Photo credit: Courtesy of Warhola Films, from a photo by James Warhola, 1975)

Art in the Family: An inside preview of UNCLE ANDY (Warhola Films), a family biopic of Andy Warhol

Members of Andy Warhol’s family are preserving their personal recollections in a new film project, UNCLE ANDY: THE ANDY WARHOL FAMILY FILM.

3. Curio, OTHELLO, Brian McCann as Iago, photo KCassidy

OTHELLO (Curio): A different approach to an iconic tragedy

This original take on OTHELLO has more the feel of a farcical comedy than an ironic tragedy

James Warhola (Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist)

An Interview with Jamie Warhola: Honoring Andy Warhol on the 28th anniversary of his death

Today marks 28 years since Andy Warhol’s death. Deb Miller talks to his nephew, illustrator Jamie Warhola.

Mary McDonnell and Olivia Mell in THE CHERRY ORCHARD at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE CHERRY ORCHARD (People’s Light): Capturing the comedy, insight, and pathos of Chekhov

Completed in 1904, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Anton Chekhov’s final dramatic work, is the most often staged of all Russian plays worldwide, and its production at People’s Light & Theatre Company…

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STAIRS TO THE ROOF (EgoPo and Rowan): An absurdist take on a fledgling work by Tennessee Williams

This is Tennessee Williams as you’ve never seen him, filled with youthful ardor, idealism, and scorn, and well suited for showcasing a young ensemble of emerging talents.

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NORA (DTC): A riveting production of a feminist classic

Ingmar Bergman’s 1981 stage adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is pared-down, focused, and intense. By reducing Ibsen’s original lengthy script by nearly half, Bergman endows the 19th-century feminist milestone with a post-modern clarity and import.qD

Corinna Burns in Inis Nua’s LONG LIVE THE LITTLE KNIFE (Photo credit: Katie Reing)

LONG LIVE THE LITTLE KNIFE (Inis Nua): A delightfully duplicitous foray into the art(s) of deception

What do art forgers and the theater have in common? Both try to convince you that something is real when it’s not, and both do it with the expectation of…

J Hernandez as Iago in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Othello, 2013 (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

J Hernandez: Feeling the Love in Philadelphia!

J Hernandez has been a constant presence on Philadelphia stages his acclaimed portrayal of Iago in a 2013 production of Othello. Phindie spoke to the Texas native about relocating, being a Latino actor, and why he loves Philly theater.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK, The Fifth Element Snowball (Photo credit: Courtesy of Brian Sanders’ JUNK)

THE FIFTH ELEMENT: Brian Sanders’ JUNK returns with Its 5th annual SNOWBALL

This year’s SNOWBALL—the annual one-night-only festive winter-wonderland fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK—will fill the Trocadero (where Sanders produced his first show in 1992) with spectacular dance, food, and libations inspired…

Keith Conallen as Crumpet in Flashpoint’s THE SANTALAND DIAIRES (Photo credit: Courtesy of Flashpoint Theatre Company)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Flashpoint): The return of a hilarious holiday tradition

Flashpoint Theatre Company brings back its signature show for the holidays, David Sedaris’s THE SANTALAND DIARIES, for a ten-performance pre-Christmas run.

Matteo Scammell as the Beast in the Arden’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Arden): An innovative retelling of a favorite fairytale

Director Whit MacLaughlin employs both live actors and shadow puppets to convey both the darkness and magic of the popular story.

Kerry Kristine McElrone, Dylan Geringer, Emma Orr, Rick Fountas, Paul McElwee, and Jenna Kuerzi in CTC’s JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD (Photo credit: Joe del Tufo)

JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD (CTC): An immersive event in an Irish pub setting

The one-act musical adaptation of Joyce’s short story is presented as a memory play, told through narration and re-enactments.

David Howey and Beth Dixon in PTC’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (PTC): Land, loss, and love in rural Ireland

John Patrick Shanley’s rom-com charmer is a play about feelings, expressed with an Irish lilt by two generations of neighbors in the Emerald Isle

1. Brian Sanders JUNK Holiday Revue Special

Scratch Night provides a preview of a family-friendly holiday special from Brian Sanders’ JUNK

FringeArts’ December Scratch Night included a sneak peek of the 1.1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL, this year’s all-ages seasonal offering by Brian Sanders’ JUNK.

Gigi Naglak, Bryan S Clark (as Horny Rudolph), and Gwen Rooker in a previous installment of Tribe of Fools’ annual holiday burlesque (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Tribe of Fools Gets Naughty with THE REVENGE OF HORNY RUDOLPH: A Holiday Burlesque Preview with Terry Brennan

Tribe of Fools’ popular holiday burlesque is back this year for one night only with its fifth ensemble-devised installment, THE REVENGE OF HORNY RUDOLPH.

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…