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

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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…

1. IRC, DURANG, Tina Brock, David Stanger, and Andrew Carroll in Desire

A STREETCAR NAMED DURANG (IRC): 60-second review

High-energy hilarity fills L’Étage as the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium remounts its 2008 Fringe hit, a trio of one-act parodies by Christopher Durang.

Victoria Rose Bonito and J Hernandez star in BLOOD WEDDING (Photo credit: Kate Raines/PLATE 3 Photography)

BLOOD WEDDING (PAC/MPiRP): A symbiotic relationship between the arts and education

Love, betrayal, vengeance, and death are the themes of Federico García Lorca’s Spanish Symbolist tragedy, BLOOD WEDDING.

Justin Jain and Bi Jean Ngo in InterAct’s CAUGHT (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

CAUGHT (InterAct): On the nature of art and truth

When artful deceptions permeate an artist’s life, it casts doubt on everything we believe but never really knew.

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Isabella Rossellini Brings GREEN PORNO to World Cafe Live

Inspired by her love of animals and her concerns about unsound environmental practices, Rossellini’s well-researched work is both funny and educational.

Josh Hitchens in STOKER’S DRACULA (Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy)

STOKER’S DRACULA (Josh Hitchens): 60-second review

Josh Hitchens delivers a spine-chilling tour de force in his solo dramatization of one of the world’s most terrifying horror stories.

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HENRY V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Bringing history to life and making learning fun

Aaron Cromie brings his inimitable brand of wit and insight to this exuberant interpretation of HENRY V.

Dave Johnson and J Hernandez in WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Photo credit: Ilana Caplan)

WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Tiny Dynamite and InterAct Theatre Company): A Philadelphia world-premiere comedy

Season 4 of Tiny Dynamite’s month-long happy-hour series A Play, A Pie and A Pint concludes with its first commissioned work.

Playwright Lucas Hnath (Photo credit: Courtesy of Lucas Hnath)

A Conversation with Playwright Lucas Hnath, Director Deborah Block, and the Cast of Theatre Exile’s RED SPEEDO

Playwright Lucas Hnath raises serious legal, ethical, societal, and personal issues in RED SPEEDO, his 2013 play enjoying its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre Exile.

Mechanical Theater’s MASQUE OF POE features Melissa Amilani in “Hop Frog” (Photo credit: Loretta Vasile)

MASQUE OF POE (Mechanical Theater): A hauntingly powerful evening of storytelling

Mechanical Theater’s Halloween-season offering, MASQUE OF POE, honors its mission of creating theatrical projects designed for Philadelphia’s unique historical settings.

William Zielinski and Kevin Bergen in ROW AFTER ROW at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

ROW AFTER ROW (People’s Light): Finding the courage to fight and to heal

Local-born playwright Jessica Dickey considers the humor and heartache of mustering the courage to fight in an insightful comedy about three Civil War re-enactors.

Marcia Saunders and Harry Watermeier star in A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Photo credit: Emma Gibson)

A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Tiny Dynamite and Azuka Theatre Company): A wildly heartwarming week 3 of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell accomplishes the unexpected in his one-act obscenity-laden comedy A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY