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MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT (Act II Playhouse): 60-second review

Presented in variety-show style with skits, songs, and improv sessions, this show is downright funny.

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PLAID TIDINGS (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

A budding 50s guy group that met an untimely end in an accident find themselves out of their heavenly digs and back on Earth – in front of a live audience.

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THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Flashpoint): The return of a hilarious holiday tradition

Flashpoint Theatre Company brings back its signature show for the holidays, David Sedaris’s THE SANTALAND DIARIES, for a ten-performance pre-Christmas run.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Arden): An innovative retelling of a favorite fairytale

Director Whit MacLaughlin employs both live actors and shadow puppets to convey both the darkness and magic of the popular story.

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THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine): Real bodies doing real things

THE SINCERITY PROJECT uses honest dialogue and candid storytelling to blend truth and creative license into a deeply resonant piece.

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JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD (CTC): An immersive event in an Irish pub setting

The one-act musical adaptation of Joyce’s short story is presented as a memory play, told through narration and re-enactments.

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812): 60-second review

With references to Throwback Thursday, Snapchat, and that annoying five-second wait to skip a YouTube video, the show focuses our attention on the funny intricacies that make up our times.

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OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (PTC): Land, loss, and love in rural Ireland

John Patrick Shanley’s rom-com charmer is a play about feelings, expressed with an Irish lilt by two generations of neighbors in the Emerald Isle

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Blend Theatrics): A sweet treat for the season

Holiday magic is alive and well at the Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theater.

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KISS ME, KATE (Renaissance Music Theatre): Tom, Dick, or Harry would all call this a flop

KISS ME, KATE should bring comedy, heart, big production numbers, and a classic big finale. But Renaissance Music Theatre’s production is a few weeks of rehearsal away from capturing the…

Christopher Patrick Mullen as Merlyn and Susan McKey as Archimedes in ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON at People’s Light (Photo caption: Mark Garvin)

ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): Coming of age in the Middle Ages

The family friendly holiday panto takes a wacky look at the growing pains of the future King Arthur as he faces the challenges of life, learning, and leadership.

Clare Mahoney and Peter DeLaurier in Lantern Theater Company's QED (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

QED (Lantern) No doctorate in theoretical physics is required to enjoy this production

But you don’t have to be an egghead to enjoy this play. It’s a great show for non-physicists, a category that includes a whole lot of us.

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QED (Lantern): A glowing tribute to a brilliant man

Peter DeLaurier reprises his role as physicist Richard Feynman in Lantern Theater Company’s remount of its 2006 hit.

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THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE (Azuka): Do we all need a Watson in our lives

In a time-bending script that requires each of the actors to play multiple roles across the last century or so, “Watson”, played in all his guises by Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, is the force that ties them all together.

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MARY POPPINS (Walnut): Flying between lightness and gravitas

In doing MARY POPPINS, a director has to decide between approaches: light and fantastical like the movie or darker like the book.

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Fall Series (BalletX): Darkness on the edge of ballet

BalletX’s Fall Series features three disparate dances united by evocative lighting schemes and the genre-stretching beauty of movement which characterizes the company.

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JUG-BABY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Transmissions Theatre): A jar of surprises

There is magic and wonder in the world, and not the cheap kind from childhood fairy tales, but the hard earned kind from adults who speak in their own true voices and dare to tell us how we’re all put together.

Ken Opdenaker, Paul Kuhn (center) and Steve Carpenter.in THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER. Photo by Rebecca Miglionico.

THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER (Curio): Go and do likewise

Curio personalizes a national news story: THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER, a Methodist priest defrocked for officiating his son’s same sex wedding.

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GREEN PORNO (Isabella Rossellini): Sex and celebrity in the service of a serious message

It’s no secret that sex and celebrity sell, so what better use for those ever-reliable marketing commodities than in the service of a serious message? That’s precisely what actress/model/activist Isabella…

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TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL (Society Hill Playhouse): The annoying ex you never wanted to see

This 90-minute cabaret featuring of three bitter divorced women and a newspaper pen pal crams heartless bubble gum jingles and cheap laughs into the plot of a confused Lifetime special.