On Stage

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.

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OMG! The R&J Project brings Shakespeare to a new generation

The four recent college grads of Madness Most Discreet weren’t even in kindergarten when Baz Luhrmann Romeo +Juliet came out, but they hope their version will appeal to a new generation, as his did.

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Shakespeare vs Stoppard: Exploring the Wilma’s dream pairing of HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Two of the best plays in the English language and share most of the same characters and much of the same dialog. The Wilma is doing them in successive productions.

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A Stage of One’s Own: MZ FEST at Plays and Players

MZ FEST brings together several local avant garde companies to provide dramatic theater opportunities for female artists.

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The Tour is FREE but the Facts aren’t Facts: Walk around Philadelphia as part of the FIVE DOLLAR COMEDY WEEK

Five Dollar Comedy Week returns for its second year March 23-29, 2015 at a new home, Plays & Players Theater. The seven-day festival features 30 new original comedy shows, fake…

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Diary of a Playwright: Doug Williams tracks his thoughts as he prepares for his first professional production

Douglas Williams has partnered with Phindie to share the playwright’s perspective as a new play is developed, rehearsed, and produced

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BrainSpunk Theater launches its new home with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE!

Sharpen your stilettos! BrainSpunk Theater introduces its new performance space in Kensington with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE!, March 5-28, 2015.

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Irish Eyes Still Smiling: LAFFERTY’S WAKE back at Society Hill Playhouse 17 years later

In 1997, Inquirer theater critic Douglas J. Keating attended the world premiere of LAFFERTY’S WAKE, an interactive Irish-style play conceived by Susan Turlish and her cast of local actors.

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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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Yo Adrian! ROCCO boxing-dance hits FringeArts

Created by acclaimed Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten, ROCCO pits male dancer-fighters against one another in a suite of choreographed bouts

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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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BalletX Winter Series 2015: Norbert De La Cruz III connects classical steps with modern contortions

Just 26 years old, De La Cruz has already received astounding recognition for his choreography. BalletX premiere’s his “Talsikan” as part of the Winter Series 2015.

Othello (Forrest McClendon) puts his whole focus on Desdemona (Lauren Sowa) as they greet each other upon his arrival in Cyprus in the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre production of Othello. Photo by Chris Miller, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

A Love Made in Shakespeare: Valentine’s Day performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are giving each other greeting cards, buying each other flowers, and teaming up for a one-night-only concert of music and performance.

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Bill Irwin, Billy Porter, and Anna Deavere Smith: Theatre Masters at PTC

World-renowned comic actor Bill Irwin kicks off of on-stage interviews with some of the major theater artists this Monday, February 16

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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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Back on Stage After 12 Years: 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.

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Josh McIlvain’s SLIDESHOW: A bizarre recreation of a bygone ritual

I was born in the late 1970s, so my childhood only just coincided with the days of the family slideshow. We never had one in my home, but I have memories…

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“Musicians of Silence”: MUMMENSCHANZ returns to the Annenberg

MUMMENSCHANZ transform the ordinary into extraordinary using everyday objects and silent storytelling.

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Theater, dance, and circus for the price of a sandwich: NICE AND FRESH December

This month features circus heroes Almanac, Philadanco alum Lauren Putty White, a short by SmokeyScout artistic director Josh McIlvain, and the return of prodigal playwright John Rosenberg.