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“We are not nearly as special as we think we are!”: Denise Shubin gives a candid interview about the Philadelphia theater community

For almost three decades, hundreds of theater artists and young companies spread their wings at the Shubin Theatre, Denise Shubin’s converted house on Bainbridge Street.

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Kerouac and Google Maps: ON THE ROAD by GPS

Head northwest on W 7th St toward 7th Ave. Take the 1st left onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto W 39th St. Take the ramp onto Lincoln Tunnel. Parts of this road are closed Mon-Fri 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Entering New Jersey.

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Finding art in taking risks: Doug Williams

“I have hated this play sometimes,” says Doug Williams. Strong words, when you’re talking about something you’ve written yourself.

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An Interview with Jamie Warhola: Honoring Andy Warhol on the 28th anniversary of his death

Today marks 28 years since Andy Warhol’s death. Deb Miller talks to his nephew, illustrator Jamie Warhola.

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Dada Is a State of Mind: {HTP} explores PAINTER AND PATAPHYSICIAN THOMAS CHIMES

Intellectual property lawyer, art collector, and university lecturer Mari Shaw’s just-published book, Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes excerpts 15 years of private conversations with artist Chimes. Her idiosyncratic book combines…

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36 years at Hedgerow House and Theater: Longtime fellow Susan Wefel’s life in her theatrical home

When Susan Wefel moved into Hedgerow Theatre’s farmhouse in Rose Valley, PA, she was the youngest person in the building. Thirty-six years and dozens of performances later, she’s still going strong.

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However Painful the History: Interview with Jeanne Sakata, playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (P&P)

One of the most shameful aspects in modern US history took place during World War II, when large numbers of Japanese-American citizens of all ages, including babies, were forced to…

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Becoming THE WHALE: Scott Greer puts on pounds for Theatre Exile show [photo essay]

For THE WHALE, Scott Greer takes an hour putting on his 50 pound costume. The photo essay looks at the elaborate costuming process.

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A Musical Countdown to 60: Charles Gilbert and his song-a-day Project 194

Turning sixty is a big milestone,. South Philadelphia-based songwriter Charles Gilbert is celebrating in a different and rather unconventional way.

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J Hernandez: Feeling the Love in Philadelphia!

J Hernandez has been a constant presence on Philadelphia stages his acclaimed portrayal of Iago in a 2013 production of Othello. Phindie spoke to the Texas native about relocating, being a Latino actor, and why he loves Philly theater.

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Costume Changes and Metamorphoses: Katherine Fritz on costume design, Kafka, and blogging

Interview with award-winning costume designer and star blogger Katherine Fritz on tackling Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS

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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.

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Back on Stage After 12 Years: Deborah Crocker returns for SmokeyScout’s Nice and Fresh January!

Theater, dance, circus, and a return to the stage after 12 years. Nice and Fresh January is supremely accessible performance art.

John Doyle, director of VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
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Sex on Stage in FEST (FringeArts) and KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE (American Realness [NYC])

What occurs in a theater when sex happens? Ivo Dimchev’s FEST and Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek’s KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE present two very different looks.

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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.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Neal Zoren announces his picks for the best in Philadelphia theater, 2014

Each January, local critic Neil Zoren announces his favorite production, direction, and male and female actor and male and female supporting actor for the previous calendar year.

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Code of Practice for Theater Critics

the Code of Practice for the International Association of Theatre Critics

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Phindie in 2014: The most-read articles of the past year

The first complete calendar year of Phindie’s existence is almost at a close. This year Phindie published almost 500 pieces on local theater, dance, and other arts. We look back at the articles which you liked the most in 2014. Here are the top ten in various categories.

1. Brian Sanders JUNK Holiday Revue Special

Scratch Night provides a preview of a family-friendly holiday special from Brian Sanders’ JUNK

FringeArts’ December Scratch Night included a sneak peek of the 1.1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL, this year’s all-ages seasonal offering by Brian Sanders’ JUNK.