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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

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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

1. Lightning Rod Special, LET THE DOG, Kevin Meehan, phto Kate Raines

LET THE DOG SEE THE RABBIT (LRS): A conceptual look at humans looking at animals

The experimental work is a three-part meditation on the life and death of animals under the domination of the human gaze.

John Jackowski, Jessica Doheny, Maureen Corson, and Paul McElwee star in Ritz Theatre Company’s GOD OF CARNAGE (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

GOD OF CARNAGE (Ritz): Funny fissures in the façade of civilization

In GOD OF CARNAGE, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s 90-minute award-winning black comedy, it doesn’t take long to demonstrate the old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,…

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BILOXI BLUES (People’s Light): Coming of age in WWII

Though entertaining as a comedy, BILOXI BLUES contains an important message about fighting “the good war” abroad, while many struggles against injustice remain on the home front.

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JEFFREY DAHMER (BrainSpunk): A chilling conversation with a serial killer

BrainSpunk Theater’s premiere full-stage production will keep you spellbound, stunned, and sickened

3. Theatre Horizon, IN THE BLOOD, Ashley Everage & Forrest McClendon

IN THE BLOOD (Theatre Horizon): Social satire in the service of compassion

Suzan-Lori Parks’ post-modern re-envisioning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter addresses the theme of destiny, the tragedy of poverty, and the societal need for compassion in a provocative in-your-face production

Pearce Bunting and Catharine Slusar star as George and Martha in Theatre Exile’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Photo credit: Paola Nogueras)

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Exile): A tour-de-force production of an American classic

The iconic three-act, three-hour marathon of marital warfare eviscerates the myth of the American family, revealing the drama and devastation behind the façade of our societal expectations

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THE JUNGLE BOOK (Arden): Merging morals with make-believe

Based on British author Rudyard Kipling’s series of exotic children’s stories inspired by his childhood in India, THE JUNGLE BOOK is now an engaging family play, celebrating its world premiere at Arden Children’s Theatre.

2. PST, John Jezior in 2001 Twelfth Night, phto John Bansemer

Lecture, Talkback, Slam! Upcoming events at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Philly Shakes is offering audiences a mid-spring series of supplemental events on three Sundays in April and May.

3. CTC, AI, Brendan Sheehan, phto JdelTufo

GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT (CTC): An electrifying production of a timeless punk-rock opera

CTC’s production, directed with full-out intensity by Michael Gray, captures all the rage, love, frustration, and uncertainty of rebellious youth on the verge of adulthood.

Kevin Rodden as Seamus Shields and Dexter Anderson as Donal Davoren in IHT’s THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN (Photo credit: Keith Miller)

THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN (IHT): Humor and horror in the Irish homeland

Set during their fight for independence, this controversial two-act tragicomedy merges realism with poetry for an insightful and funny view of the Irish.

Frank X and Sally Mercer in InterAct’s UNCANNY VALLEY (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

UNCANNY VALLEY (InterAct): What makes us human?

Post-modern technology collides with human ethics in InterAct Theatre Company’s revolving world-premiere production of playwright-in-residence Thomas Gibbons’ UNCANNY VALLEY.

3. Loretta Vasile, Mechanical, SHE STOOPS, phto JBrough

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Mechanical): An authentic delight!

What better place than Philadelphia’s historic Powel House for its resident company, The Mechanical Theater, to stage this historically faithful production.

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THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST, PART I (PAC): A pirate adventure “worth gold!”

Thomas Heywood’s ridiculous rip-roaring romantic romp across the high seas of the English Renaissance is the latest in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s acclaimed productions of rarely seen classics.

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A Reversal of Roles for KC MacMillan: The director speaks to Phindie about her return to acting in THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST (PAC)

Known to everyone in the Philadelphia theater community as a director, dramaturg, and associate artistic director of Lantern Theater Company, KC MacMillan is now adding actor to her list of professional…

1. Lantern, Taming of the Shrew, Joanna Liao, J Hernandez, phto Mark Garvin

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Lantern): Capturing the passion and the parody

Director Charles McMahon equates the hot-blooded battle of wills between Kate and Petruchio with the intense, sensual, and stylized dance of the tango.