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MOLLY SWEENEY (Irish Heritage Theatre): That the blind may see

Turn off your phones, step away from your laptops, and run, don’t walk to the Irish Heritage Theatre’s first ever Barrymore-eligible production.

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100 (Sam Henderson): 2015 Fringe review 63

100 is more than an elegantly written play told in random pieces—it’s an intense experience if you are open to it.

A Fringe review of Brian Feldmans DISHWASHER was the most popular review of 2015.

DISHWASHER (Brian Feldman): 2015 Fringe review 10.2

DISHWASHER exposes a reality of life: Performing a monologue can be a service just like washing a dish

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Theater’s Second Sex: Caridad Svich on playwriting as a woman, as an act of political resistance, and for the first Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

When Caridad Svich decided to be a playwright, she read every playwright in the public library. Only one of them was a woman. Svich talks to Phindie ahead of the PWTF.

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MACBETH (Arden): Numb from the neck down, well almost [critical mass review #3]

Jessica Foley gives this week’s critical mass take on MACBETH at the Arden, part of a new review series on Phindie.

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PETER PAN IS DEAD (Brandon Monokian): Fringe Review 65

The enthusiasm of this production is infectious; Fringe exists for productions just like it.

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Foley’s Fringe Binge 2014: 20 Shows in 20 days. Who’s On First?

Theater writer Jessica Foley is seeing 20 Fringe plays in 20 days. Why is she starting with Ionesco’s Rhinoceros?

The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia present Stage 2 in the development of Warhol-inspired ANDY: A Popera

Wednesday, July 16th, The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia will lay down stakes in the lobby of the Wilma Theatre, and, for two short weeks, perform an hour-long cabaret inspired by the outrageously influential life of Andy Warhol. Featuring original music by Heath Allen.

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IN A DARK DARK HOUSE (Simpatico Theatre Project): Oh! Neil LaBute is not just a sadistic prig!

At the opening night performance of LaBute’s IN A DARK DARK HOUSE I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity: Suddenly an entire oeuvre littered with cruel antihero bastards made sense.

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Conversations on Chekhov: What gimmicks? The Arden’s THREE SISTERS has a lasting effect

In September of 1900 Anton Chekhov confessed in a letter to his actress-wife Olga Knipper: “I find it very difficult to write THREE SISTERS, much more difficult than any other of my…

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MARY STUART (PAC): The Prison of Power

Philadelphia Artist Collective’s tightly-corseted production of Frederich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, starring the earth-shattering Charlotte Northeast and the finely-tuned Krista Apple Hodge will leave you white-knuckle-gripping the edge of your seat. Sitting in a severe theater-in-the-round circle, the audience itself forms four oppressive walls seemingly trapping the actors on the Broad Street Ministry’s cherry wood floor. If Schiller were alive today, he would raise a thumb in approval of director Dan Hodge’s minimalist approach.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Curio): Casting Disaster

The summer of 1998, I permanently moved out of my mother’s house. (My mother moved down to Nashville abruptly and without me.) So I traveled to Ireland and saw Brian…

THE PILLOWMAN (Luna Theater): 60 Second Review

With all the claustrophobia of an Otto Dix painting, Luna Theater’s production of Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN is a delicious 140-minute-anxiety attack. Robert DaPonte is remarkably arresting as Katurian Katurian, a writer…

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UP FROM THE ASHES (Iron Age Theatre): A bit shy of genius

  Saturday, March 25th, 1911, 4:40pm a fire broke out on the eighth floor of largest blouse making factory in New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. 18 minutes later…

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NERDS (PTC): As Steve Jobs said, “All you really have in life is time”

In The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs, Chrisann Brennan—Steve Jobs’s first girlfriend—wrote “Steve often said that he had a strong sense of having had…

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RISK! TRUE TALES BOLDLY TOLD (First Person Arts): Risky storytelling pays off

Okay, Kevin Allison’s RISK! is the undisputed G-spot of the 12th annual First Person Arts Festival. The format is simple: five people step behind a microphone and relate their most private thoughts in the form of a story to an audience of strangers.

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MAKESHIFT (Murmuration Theater): A play not just about cake

Ten seconds into Murmuration’s inaugural production of Jessie Bear’s brand spankin’ new play, MAKESHIFT, Brian David Ratcliff, stands like a little boy by his lonesome on stage in what he describes as a devastated post-apocalyptic earth donning a royal blue super hero cape, goggles strapped to his head, holding a tape recorder up to his mouth declaring: “I, Michael Bolton will save the world.” I thought: “Wow, we are really on the edge of a cliff here, and Oops, I think we fell off into—I don’t know what.”

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[20] PAY UP (Pig Iron Theatre Company with The University of the Arts): Fringe review

This is not a play. Therefore this is not a review, but a warning. If you’re looking to sit in a darkened theater watching actors execute a full-length script start-to-finish,…

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[13.1] TRAVELING LIGHT (Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress): Fringe review

Entering the Adrienne’s Skybox into Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress Philadelphia premiere production of TRAVELING LIGHT, I was worried. I normally abhor plays hinged around real-life famous people, like Steve Martin’s…

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RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE (SmokeyScout): 60-second review

Josh McIlvain’s RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE should be put in a time capsule and used by future generations as a how-to manual titled “How-to-produce-the greatest-show-ever.” Okay,…