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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