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

A gargoyle overlooks the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary’s TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Photo credit: Krystle Marcellus)

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary): Philadelphia’s top halloween attraction

Now in its 22nd year, this theatrical production ranks among the top haunted-house attractions in the US.

R. Eric Thomas in ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID (Photo credit: Jay Olsen)

ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID (R. Eric Thomas): 60-second review

R. Eric Thomas’s updated version of his 2012 hit provides a seamless synthesis of stand-up comedy and storytelling with the narrative structure of a one-act rom-com

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A NIGHT WITH LADY G (Irish Heritage Theatre): A Trilogy of Proofs of the Irish Gift of Gab!

A NIGHT WITH LADY G features three one-act plays by Lady Augusta Gregory, a key force in the Irish Literary Revival and co-founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

The Letter of Last Resort by David Greig. Directed by Claire Moyer, with Adam Rzepka and Susan Giddings. October 2nd, 3rd, 5th 2014.

THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT (Tiny Dynamite and Inis Nua): A Thought-Provoking Satire on “The Crazy Strategy” of Nuclear Weapons

A Play, A Pie and A Pint opens with THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT, Scottish playwright David Greig’s political satire on the absurdities of our atomic age.

House concert with Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz (Photo credit: Debra Miller)

Connecting with musicians Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz

Singers/songwriters/musicians Christine Havrilla and Gretchen Schultz are busier than ever this week with an upcoming show at the Tin Angel.

Michael Genet and Ruffin Prentiss in FENCES at People’s Light & Theatre Company (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

FENCES (People’s Light): On broken dreams and the hope for change

The 2nd production by People’s Light from Wilson’s “Century Cycle”, FENCES is an engaging and profound examination of very human characters dealing with very challenging circumstances,

Scott Greer as Valere in the Arden’s LA BÊTE (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

LA BÊTE (Arden Theatre Company): “Excellence Must Struggle to Survive!”

David Hirson’s riotous comedy in rhyming couplets evokes the farcical Baroque style of Molière while conveying a timeless message about high art versus low art.

Kate Abernethy and Rachel Icenogle rehearsing “Little Red: an improvisation” in FROM OUR LIVING ROOM by Birds on a Wire (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

FROM OUR LIVING ROOM (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe Review 74

FROM OUR LIVING ROOM comprises five original pieces—four duets and one solo—choreographed and performed by the all-female members of the emerging company Birds on a Wire.

Ballet Fleming, AFTER THE SUMMER SUN poster

AFTER THE SUMMER SUN (BalletFleming): Fringe Review 72

Award-winning choreographer and artistic director Christopher Fleming has created a beautiful program of new works to open BalletFleming’s 2014-15 season.

A Change of Harp, Bowerbird, 14 SEQUENZAS

14 SEQUENZAS (A Change of Harp and Bowerbird): Fringe Review 66

Each of the daring and demanding 14 SEQUENZAS features virtuoso musicians and masterful performances.

John Bellomo and Renato Arcuri perform in Ombelico’s FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM (Photo credit: Courtesy of Ombelico Mask Ensemble)

FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): Fringe Review 56

Ombelico’s latest al fresco offering, FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM, is a delightful synthesis of traditional Commedia dell’Arte with current Philadelphia references, delivered in Italian and English—or Philly’s local version thereof!—which kept me in stitches throughout the entire all-ages show.

Aaron Cromie stars in THE BODY LAUTREC (Photo credit: Mary Tuomanen)

THE BODY LAUTREC (Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen): Fringe Review 53

THE BODY LAUTREC is not everyone’s cup of tea: a shockingly hard-core depiction of the depravities and debaucheries of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his art.

Philadelphia Opera Collective, BY YOU THAT MADE ME FRANKENSTEIN (Photo credit: Harish Pathak)

BY YOU THAT MADE ME, FRANKENSTEIN (Philadelphia Opera Collective): Fringe Review 51

The compelling two-act opus captures the historic characters, events, and mood with passion and clarity.

Promotional image for NIGHTMARES IN NEVERLAND, featuring Jenna Kuerzi (Photo credit: Brey Ann Barrett)

NIGHTMARES IN NEVERLAND (Bri Shaw/Brian Clores/Brey Barrett/Haygen Walker): Fringe Review 47

Two original one-hour plays inspired by the life and popular children’s book of Scottish author J.M. Barrie

(Photo credit: Courtesy of KILL SHAKESPEARE)

KILL SHAKESPEARE: LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL (Revolution Shakespeare and Hear Again Radio Project): Fringe Review 42

Revolution Shakespeare (dedicated to new approaches to the playwright) and Hear Again Radio Project (specializing in the recreation of vintage radio programs) have teamed up for an entertaining presentation of the popular graphic novel series KILL SHAKESPEARE.