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Intergenerational Theater, part 2: Penelope Reed on working with a young director in ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

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Intergenerational Theater, part 1: Kittson O’Neill talks about directing the veteran cast of ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

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Being Howard Zinn: Interview with Bob Weick, who plays the historian in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Plays & Players)

Henrik Eger interviews Bob Weick, who is taking on the role of the brilliant, if much maligned Howard Zinn in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

John Doyle, director of VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
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Pretty Mbane and “Corrective Rape”: Traveling around the world with playwright Jen Silverman

Henrik Eger interviews Jen Silverman about her world premiere play THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE! and the issues it raises.

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Debra Miller: An interview with Philadelphia’s most prolific theater reviewer

Debra Miller sees a LOT of theater. Indeed, she is the most prolific theater writer in town. Henrik Eger talked to Deb about her background and writing.

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Get to know your favorite Phindie editor

Christopher Munden is the publisher and editor of Phindie. In these pages you’ve probably read what he thinks about local theater and arts. But what’s his deal? Read Henrik Eger’s interview with…

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Political choreographer: Interview with Rami Be’er, artistic director of Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

No dance company on earth has a history as moving as the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. KCDC’s story begins with Yehudit Arnon, an 18-year-old Jewish dancer who was interned at…

Jared Reed as Hamlet and Jennifer Summerfield as Horatio in Hedgerow Theatre's HAMLET. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

To alter or not to alter, that is the question: Dan Hodge on directing HAMLET in unorthodox ways

Dan Hodge discusses his edited version of HAMLET, onstage through November 23 at Hedgerow Theatre.

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“IT ONLY GETS HARDER”: Randy Swartz on the dance scene in economically strapped times

Henrik Eger talked to the founder of Dance Affiliates about the inner workings of the international dance scene in these more economically strapped times.

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“My busy, wacky, wonderful life”: Parents on stage and off stage, THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Media Theatre)

The wacky parents of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Media Theatre share the joys and difficulties of juggling two lead roles in their lives.

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One of the oldest taboos in history: Interview with Dan Hodge on The Rape of Lucrece

Philadelphia audiences are still buzzing about Dan Hodge’s performance of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. Henrik Eger interviews him about the play.

The cast of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's RHINOCEROS.

Give the rhinos a chance: Interview with the actors of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS

I asked cast members of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), Philadelphia’s absurdist theatre (since 2006), founded by artistic director Tina Brock, what Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS brought up for them as actors and as people. The range of responses is as astounding as this production. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this Phindie interview.

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On becoming a RHINOCEROS: Interview with director Tina Brock 

Tina Brock, writer, actor, founder and producing artistic director of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC) since 2006—Philadelphia’s only absurdist theatre company—holds degrees from the University of Maryland and West Chester University, works as a Standardized Patient Trainer at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and makes the impossible possible, year after year, with some of the most thought provoking and unusual productions.

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The International Philly Fringe: A welcome to far-flung artists

Anyone who says that Philadelphia is provincial hasn’t attended the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Here’s the latest sampling of shows, performances, playwrights, and artists from around the world. Phindie writer…

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Rhythm, race, and energy: Interview with Ozzie Jones on the first African American production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Philadelphia

The issue of diversity in theater (and in theater reviewing) is a ongoing subject of conversation. Kash Goins isn’t just talking about it. His GoKash Productions has produced a series…

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From Mormon Boy to Rent Boy: Interview with solo performer Steven Fales

They have a name for former LDS in Utah: Jack Mormons. You can leave the Mormon church, but the Mormon upbringing will never leave you. In his solo work CONFESSIONS…

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Robin Williams: A tribute

Phindie was saddened to hear about the passing of actor Robin Williams. Henrik Eger contributed this tribute to the comic:

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“What doesn’t kill me makes a great story later”: Interview with Robert Patrick on the birth of Off-Off-Broadway and 50 years of gay theater in America

Robert Patrick, born into a migrant worker’s family in 1937, wrote many plays, songs, poems and stories. According to the Samuel French script company, he was the most produced playwright in New York City in the 1970s. His two most famous plays are Haunted Host and Kennedy’s Children. He currently lives in L.A. and earns a living writing porn reviews.

The entire cast of the Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival at the InterAct, 2014. Photo credit: Seth Rozin.

The Second Annual One-Minute Play Festival (InterAct): Tipsy on Theater: Wine-tasting 90 plays and a night-out in Philly without a hangover

You step off the tour bus, the smell of exhaust replaced first with fresh air, then with the sugary smell of grapes. You sit around a bar with a wine…