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Roy Kaiser looks forward and back as Pennsylvania Ballet turns 50

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Pennsylvania Ballet launches its 50th season this month with the celebrations, reunions and gala performances, but the company has already been…

Francesca Piccioni and Laura Sukonick rehearsing Rosenberg's HANNAH. Photo by Said Johnson.

A Philadelphia playwright you probably don’t know, but should

A hilarious and affecting world premiere by one of the best writers in Philadelphia is opening tomorrow, and you probably don’t know about it.

Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

How universal is Romeo and Juliet? Challenging hetronormative assumptions.

Shakespeare is timeless. Romeo and Juliet is a universal love story. You have probably heard those sentiments expressed before, but are they true? Well, it’s complicated. Shakespeare profoundly understood the…

Angela Smith as Harriet Smith, Trevor William Fayle as Mr. Elton, and Lauren Sowa as Emma Woodhouse in Lantern Theater Company's production of Jane Austen's EMMA (2013). Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Perfect Company in the Perfect City: REGENCY AND REVELRY at Lantern Theater Company

It’s now two hundred years ago that the famous line was published: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be…

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Revolution Shakespeare! The FIVE BEST Shakespeare plays according to artistic director Griffin Stanton-Ameisen

The FIVE BEST Shakespeare plays according to Revolution Shakespeare artistic director Griffin Stanton-Ameisen.

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NICE AND FRESH theater in Mount Airy

What a pleasant corner of Philadelphia is Mount Airy. A suburban urban neighborhood: trees and grass yards but also sidewalks and train lines; driveways and quiet but also co-ops and…

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The Best of the 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

Phindie‘s recent Critics’ Awards proved very popular. These awards used input from theater reviewers across town to compile a list of the best performers of the 2012/13 season. We considered…

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Victor Fiorillo, A Doll’s House, and the role of the reviewer

A review by Victor Fiorillo of EgoPo Classic Theatre’s A Doll’s House got Phindie writer Julius Ferraro contemplating the role of reviewer. This is part of Phindie‘s ongoing series on theater criticism….

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2013 Philly Fringe Festival :: the MOST coverage and Six Picks for the Festival

As its mission, Phindie provides independent coverage of Philadelphia theater and arts, with a focus on independent theater. So the Philly Fringe Festival* is a perfectly aligned two-week event. With…

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Clowning and the inner clown

“… like scary circus clowns?” That’s the first thing everyone asks me when I tell them that I do clown. And I can’t blame them. A “clown” is popularly thought of as…

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How to better educate college dancers

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. The Dilemma Each August thousands of dance majors grace the halls of college campuses around the United States. From conservatories to…

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An Interview with Inquirer critic Merilyn Jackson

Published by The Dance Journal, republished with kind permission. Merilyn Jackson has been writing regularly on dance for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996 and prior to that on dance, theater,…

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2012/13 Critics’ Awards

Phindie asked every theater writer in Philadelphia to send a list of top five choices in twelve categories for work produced in or near the city in the 2012/13 theatrical…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

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Played in Philadelphia (PHM): The insanity of Phillies fans

I went to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent last week on a tipoff from Mary Syndor. “The Played in Philadelphia gallery,” claims their website, “will feature changing exhibitions devoted to…

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Just one asshole with an opinion: theater critic Mark Cofta on the art of reviewing and observations on Philly’s theater scene

Originally published on the FringeArts blog. Republished with kind permission. “I see 150 to 180 plays a year, and still always regret missing a bunch.” Mark Cofta has been covering…

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The Purpose of Criticism: Roger Ebert, Lester Bangs, and Psychotic Reactions

Following his much-discussed piece on Gimmickry in Theater, Michael F. Fisher considers the role of the critic, and how theater criticism in Philadelphia compares to the best pop culture reviews….

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Literary Legacy: A History of Philadelphia Writers

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth the reading, or do things worth the writing.

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Tax time. Is there any money in theater?

Like the rest of us, theater companies have to file taxes. This tax day, we look at some information from the most recent publicly available tax returns (generally 2012) for some major and independent Philadelphia companies.