On Stage

Sean Bradley, Krista Apple-Hodge, Brandon Pierce, and Clare O’Malley in METAMORPHOSES. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Diving into METAMORPHOSES: A watery stage takes shape at the Arden

A look at the building of the impressive set for the Arden production of METAMORPHOSES.


A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.


Sowing a Parable for our Times: Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER as a concert

Octavia Butler’s dystopian future seems especially relevant. Can we find respite in comradeship and song?

Gil Johnson (left) and Peter Andrew Danzig. Photo by Andy Joos.

Pope fever continues with ALTAR CALL

Random Acts of Theater and the Liberty Education Forum are riding the wave of Pope fever with the Philadelphia premiere of Melissa McBain’s ALTAR CALL,

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1.5 Million Men Missing: New play looks at “five to ten” and the devastation of the prison system

There are 1.5 million black men missing from American homes. V TO X examines who and where they are.


Tonight! Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium kicks off the Fringe with EXIT THE KING!

Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium returns with its latest dive into the absurd—Eugene Ionescos EXIT THE KING


Fishtown Fringe Preview #2: POPE UP

Part of a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Catherine Fischer, dancer. Photo by Geoff Sheil.

Fishtown Fringe Preview #1: STRUCTURALLY SOUND (New Street Dance Group)

The first in a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.


Tongue & Groove asks “Who Are You? Who who, who who?”

This month, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater is revisiting their popular improv show, WHO, in which the audience is asked to honestly answer the simple question “Who Are You?”

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GayFest! 2015: Preview and schedule

GayFest! shows feature gay characters, but they are no more “gay plays” than plays featuring straight characters are “straight plays”.


Tchaikovsky’s Last Opera: Russian Opera Workshop 2015 presents IOLANTA

Now in its fifth season, Russian Opera Workshop presents FREE in-concert opera productions of seldom-produced works by leading Russian composers.

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Finding ASYLUM: New work launches at Stagecrafters

Based on the true story of a lesbian who fled Uganda to escape an honor killing by her father, ASYLUM traces a treacherous landscape where non-conformity is a matter of life and death.


Right Now, Over Me: Koresh Dance Company’s COME TOGETHER festival

Koresh features 33 companies in this year’s festival, which provides a professional performance platform for established and emerging dance artists alike.


Vulcan Lyric: New name, new festival

With a new name and a revived sense of purpose, Vulcan Lyric is prepared to bring new works of musical theater to Philadelphia audiences over the summer.


Dancing through the Dark Nights of the Soul: Belle Alvarez’s FAITH SHIFT

A dark night of the soul is a term used to describe a spiritual crisis or a period of intense doubt and uncertainty.

Photo courtesy of the Noorderzon Festival

Sam Green’s new film-performance THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS explores the fringes of humanity

Inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green embarked on THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS, an ode to the jagged edges of human experience. This…


Kate Watson-Wallace Mashes Up Dance at FringeArts

Choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace returns to FringeArts June 4-6, 2015, with MASH UP BODY,a contemporary dance piece that examines the evolution and destruction of identity. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, Watson-Wallace was a…


Rhythm on Tap: Take It Away Dance premieres CROSS RHYTHMS

Take It Away Dance’s latest full-length project is one of a series of contemporary tap performances the group has presented since 2007


Teaching Broadway: Drexel students produce FREE staged musical by Broadway alums

Students develop a new musical by NYC writer David Reiser inspired by his relationship with Broadway veteran Caissie Levy.


Renegade’s STORIES AND SPIRITS settles down with a drink and a good book

Novels and cocktails are two of the best things in life. STORIES AND SPIRITS combines them in a one-off evening of drinks and performances.