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.

Stephen Fala and Tori Mittelman as Patrick and Maggie Clancy in LAFFERTY’S WAKE at Society Hill Playhouse (Photo credit: Michelle Pauls)

LAFFERTY’S WAKE (Society Hill Playhouse): “For God’s sake, you got to laugh a little!”

Society Hill Playhouse celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a seasonal revival of Susan Turlish’s musical-comedy send-up of the Irish,

Visible Fictions’ Tim Settle and Simon Donaldson perform JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (People’s Light): A playful retelling for all ages

Scotland’s Visible Fictions brings a child-friendly version of the Greek myth of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, adapted by Robert Forrest, to People’s Light & Theatre Company

The Nimble Cats

Theater Artists Making Beautiful Music in NY and Philly

The theater community contains a wealth of multi-talented artists who are not only gifted actors, but also highly skilled singers, musicians, and composers.

Kirsten Quinn and Renee Richman-Weisband star in Isis Productions’ COLLECTED STORIES (Photo credit: Kristine DiGrigoli)

COLLECTED STORIES (Isis): When “What happens in Vegas” doesn’t stay in Vegas

An off-the-record conversation between an established author and her graduate student assistant becomes the basis for an increasingly adversarial examination of professional ethics, artistic license, and personal betrayal.

Follies of God cover

[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…

2. EgoPo, Stairs, LBerman, CO'Brien

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.

3. DTC, NORA, KimCarson, ChrisThorn

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