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AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

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I GO ON SINGING (Annenberg Center Live): Sing on

In his touring one-night show I GO ON SINGING, Anthony Brown gives a heartfelt performance about one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished citizens.

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.

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DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT (Inis Nua / Drexel MPiRP): Irish theater for the theatrical

Inis Nua Theatre Company’s 2011 breakout hit DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT returns to the stage in partnership with Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project

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THE CHURCH BELLS ALL WERE BROKEN (Casabuena Cultural Productions): 2016 Fringe review 54

“God hates fags!”, “God hates you!”, “God hates porcupines!” It’s cathartic to hear the argument yelled back at the haters who so recently visited Philadelphia: “God is love!”

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SILKEN VEILS (Pantea Productions): 2016 Fringe review 52

They recite Rumi, the poet champion of romantic love, and remind Darya how beautiful and painful love can be.

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PANGAEA: A Folk Opera (Hum’n’bards): 2016 Fringe review 27

PANGAEA: A FOLK OPERA doesn’t seem to ask a question, but gives a heartfelt answer

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WHO WOULD BE KING (Liars and Believers): 2016 Fringe review 15

An ancient story with artful clowning and spacy synth score.

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DROWNING OPHELIA (Ensemble Atria & EagerRisk Theater): 2016 Fringe review 13

Jane’s subconscious is in the bathtub, and her name is Ophelia

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Mauckingbird): Uncovering a gay treasure

“Gay PIRATES OF PENZANCE? Isn’t that redundant?” It’s more like Gilbert and Sullivan’s zany comedy is finally fully realized.

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MMF (Quince): A modern kind of love triangle

Dean loves Michael. Michael loves Jane. Jane loves Dean. Dean loves Jane. Jane loves Michael. Got it?

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THE LION IN WINTER (CCTC): A lion for all seasons

It’s the year 1183 and Henry II is disappointed in his sons and in love with a much younger woman. Some things never change.

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THE SUMMER CLUB (Arden): Come swing with us

With all the class of a swank 60s nightclub, Jeff Coon and friends swing in the summer with a Rat Pack-style musical revue