1. PL&TC, STELLA AND LOU, Marcia Saunders, Tom Teti, phto Mark Garvin

STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Since 2013, Phindie has provided the best and most comprehensive coverage of the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, with previews of the hottest shows, interviews with leading creators, and reviews of…

Ryan Walter and Bobby Goodrich face off in DIVINE INTERVENTION (Photo credit: Garrett Matthew)

DIVINE/INTERVENTION (sbgProductions & Faux Real Entertainment): Reflections on the dual life of “the drag queen of the century”

The dual life of Glenn Milstead, a performer who achieved international fame in John Waters’ cult-classic films as the drag queen Divine, is the subject of a compelling new play.

Charlie DelMarcelle (the Lord) and Leonard Kelly (Sly) in Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Delaware Shakespeare): The people’s choice!

Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes was the audience choice for this year’s outdoor summer production by the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

Main façade of Glen Foerd mansion (Photo credit: Faith West Photography)

Celebrate the Roaring ’20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” at Glen Foerd Mansion

Glen Foerd, northeast Philly’s Gilded-Age mansion, celebrates the Roaring ‘20s with “Jazz Age on the Delaware” on August 1. The event includes vintage music, dancing, lawn games, and more.

Craig Hutchings stars in the title role of SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Ritz (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Ritz): Even ogres can live happily ever after

Fans of the popular 2001 animated film, the 1990 children’s book by William Steig, and the 4-D attraction at Universal Studios can now see their favorite green ogre come to life on stage.

Paul McElwee and Erica Scanlon Harr in Mazeppa’s CLOSER THAN EVER (Photo credit: Kelly Anne Pipe Design and Photography)

CLOSER THAN EVER (Mazeppa): A charming musical exposé of mid-life angst

All songs and no dialogue is the format Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) and David Shire (score) employ for their popular two-act musical revue now enjoying a top-notch staging by Mazeppa Productions.

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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

1. PTC, MURDER FOR TWO, Branzel and Lowe, photo Jim Cox

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,…

1. PL&TC, BILOXI BLUES, JMLambert, photo MGarvin

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.

1. BrainSpunk, JEFFREY DAHMER, JHitchens, phto ALaBondeWideEyedStudios (1)

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

1. Arden, Jungle Book, TCanales, TFitzpatrick, CDelMarcelle, photo MGarvin

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.