Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont and Lisette Oropesa as Violetta in Opera Philadelphia’s LA TRAVIATA (Photo credit: Kelly & Massa)

LA TRAVIATA (Opera Philadelphia): A stunning new design and a stellar new Violetta

A refreshed rendition of Verdi’s tragic opera features the impressive house and role debut of Lisette Oropesa as the titular “fallen woman” and a stunning design that purposefully pairs the distant past with recent times.

Harry Smith (Photo credit: Xanthe Elbrick)

From the UK to Philadelphia to Broadway: An interview with actor Harry Smith

British-born actor Harry Smith talks about his background in the UK, his life and career in Philadelphia, and his upcoming debut on Broadway.

2. Lantern, PHOTOGRAPH 51, HWatermeier, GPerrier, phto MGarvin

PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Lantern): Discovering the secret of life

The backstory of Rosalind Franklin’s seminal image that led to the discovery of the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule is examined in an engrossing Philadelphia premiere.

2. Rev Shakes, LLL pre-show concert, photo LBerkowitz (1)

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Revolution Shakespeare): Fringe review 61

A clever new take on Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy imparts the flavor of 1960’s-70s Americana with live country-rock music and a multi-talented cast of actors/singers/musicians.

2. Ballet Fleming, INTO THE LIGHTS, rehearsal, Amanda Hill and Nick Peregrino

INTO THE LIGHTS (Dancefusion & Ballet Fleming): Fringe review 59

Modern dance meets contemporary ballet in an expressive collaboration by two of Philadelphia’s top-notch companies.

1. POC, JUMP THE MOON, ACrosby, KKunkle, ptho JWallace

JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe review 57.1

An experimental world-premiere opera gives voice to the unsung women heroes of astrophysics at Harvard in the 1890s, with a cutting-edge score, non-linear libretto, and expressionist movement.

2. Deaon Griffin-Pressley, PhiladelphiaShakespeare_KillWill_1

KILL WILL (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Fringe review 54

Seven actors explain, enact, and parody a series of Shakespeare’s “bloody bits” in this fast, furious, and funny mash-up of The Bard’s iconic death and battle scenes.

2. Berserkers, its so learning, BWrenn, DFalato, phto KRaines

IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Fringe Review 51

Go back to school with The Berserker Residents in this highly interactive ensemble-devised piece, in which you are the student and your teachers are berserk!


TALE OF THE PHANTOM SHIP (Temple Theater’s Sidestage): Fringe review 47

A talented collective of students from Temple University present an original musical inspired by a maritime legend from historic Prince Edward Island.

1. BSJUNK, AMERICAN STANDARD, Ensemble, photo Bill Hebert

AMERICAN STANDARD (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Fringe review 44

Find out what really goes on in the barn in this exciting foray into the country, as Brian Sanders’ JUNK exposes the true “American standard!”

Tony Lawton, THE LIGHT PRINCESS, promo image

THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister): Fringe review 43

This hilarious musical workshop reading of an adapted 19th-century fairytale is a treat for all ages!

2. ANDY, Candy and Andys, phto DMMercier

ANDY: A POPERA (Opera Philadelphia & The Bearded Ladies): Fringe Review 37

An exciting multi-media collaboration reflects the operatic life and times of Andy Warhol and the Pop Sixties.

1. Renegade, DAMNED DIRTY APES! ensemble

DAMNED DIRTY APES! (Renegade): Fringe Review 36

Wear sturdy shoes for this wild mile-and-a-half theatrical expedition through FDR Park, where humans are pitted against apes and hilarity ensues!

1. AVAILABLE LIGHT, LA, pto LawrenceKHo

AVAILABLE LIGHT (Lucinda Childs Dance Company): Fringe Review 31

Three progenitors of 20th-century Minimalism—Lucinda Childs, John Adams, and Frank Gehry–teamed up to create a stunning program of dance, sound, and space.

2. Found, CITY OF WOES, Phoebe, Kerry, Ali, Matt, phto HPathak

CITY OF WOES (Found): Fringe Review 29

A fluid stylistic synthesis of Dante’s Inferno with 1940s crime fiction, this ensemble-devised work is profound and affecting.

1. Sam Tower, 901 Nowhere Street Merri Rashoyan, phto Kate Raines

901 NOWHERE STREET (Sam Tower + Ensemble): Fringe Review 25

The mysterious world of film noir is given a new twist as an all-female cast reconfigures the traditionally male crime-detective genre.


THE WAITSTAFF’S VACATION (The Waitstaff): Fringe Review 19

Short skits on current topics and send-ups of people in the news guaranteed to amuse, and to offend!

1 Tribe of Fools, ZOMBIES ensemble

ZOMBIES . . . WITH GUNS (Tribe of Fools): Fringe Review 18

The Zombie Apocalypse invades the Fringe with Tribe of Fools’ zany foray into the fright genre, with a serious socio-political message about gun violence.

Ombelico, HADES, photo Beatrice Canino

LIKE A BAT OUT OF HADES (Ombelico): Fringe Review 12

Ombelico Mask Ensemble delights with its updated bi-lingual version of Euripides’ Alcestis, performed outdoors in a rollicking Commedia dell’Arte style.

1. Love Drunk Life, PEABODY MAGOO, Katie Frazer and Scott Brieden


This charming recollection of the funny, painful, and embarrassing moments in the romantic past of an adorable character is sure to steal your heart.