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MMF (Quince): A modern kind of love triangle

Dean loves Michael. Michael loves Jane. Jane loves Dean. Dean loves Jane. Jane loves Michael. Got it?

Rachel Berkman, Jessica Snow, Andy Shaw, and Michael E. Manley in HARBOR at GayFest! Photo by John Donges.

HARBOR (Quince): A house of mirth

The second play in this year’s GayFest expertly navigates between comedy and tragedy.

Ray Didinger (Simon Canuso Kiley) meets his boyhood hero Tommy McDonald (Ned Pryce) back in the late 1950s in TOMMY & ME. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

TOMMY & ME (Theatre Exile): Theatrical touchdown

A lovely and elegiac look at how a sportswriter developed his love for football and friendship with an Eagles quarterback.

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THE LION IN WINTER (CCTC): A lion for all seasons

It’s the year 1183 and Henry II is disappointed in his sons and in love with a much younger woman. Some things never change.

Joel Guerrero (left) and Jeff Hunsicker in MY FAVORITE HUSBANDS (Photo by John Donges).

MY FAVORITE HUSBANDS (Quince): The illogical politics of love

Political rom-com MY FAVORITE HUSBANDS launches the sixth annual LGBT theater festival, GayFest!

RING OF FIRE at People’s Light features Deb Lyons and David M. Lutken (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH (People’s Light): Singing the life of the ‘Man in Black’

A new twist on the jukebox musical traces the life and career of country icon Johnny Cash.

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BOEING BOEING (Hedgerow): 60-second review

It’s difficult to tell which actor provides the most comic energy in Damon Bonetti’s lively and funny production of this farce

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Welcome to Happy Hour: Four PDC playwrights showcasing their breakthrough work

Preview of the first Playwrights’ Happy Hour Showcase from PDC.

Anthony Lawton as Don Adriano de Armado and Peter Schmitz as Holofernes. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Lightning, alas, did not strike two years in a row when it came to Pennsylvania Shakespeare’s grand experiment of mounting one of the…

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DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE! (New Freedom): Occupying our space, a community’s fight for permanence

Strikes a raw nerve as it addresses the issue of institutional buy-out of impoverished neighborhoods

Eleanor Handley as Elvira, Ian Merrill Peaks as Charles, and Karen Peaks as Ruth. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

BLITHE SPIRIT (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Nothing beats watching actors at the top of their game biting into crunchy material and whipping it into a tasty delight.

Jake Blouch and Claire Inie-Richards in THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at Clark Park. Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy.

THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Shakespeare in Clark Park): A nice night in the park

The production, though occasionally troubled, can still put a finger on the pulse of Shakespeare at its best.

(L to R) Hannah Gold and Isabella Sazak.

I AM NOT MY MOTHERLAND (Orbiter 3): A different kind of interactive theater

Encourages its audience to pay attention, and compels us into conversation afterward.

Ian Merrill Peaks as Petruchio and Eleanor Handley as Katherina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Photos by Lee A. Butz.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (PA Shakes): Shrewd Shakespeare

A good production that benefits most when it puts farce aside and concentrates on two people using their will to create partnership and harmony

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Del Shakes): 60-second review

The emphasis is on the physical comedy in David Stradley’s production

Photo courtesy David Rodgers

THE DIVINE SISTER (BCP): This play’s a blessing

The beautiful, historic Bucks County Playhouse presents Charles Busch’s highly acclaimed THE DIVINE SISTER.    Charles Busch is renown for his unique works including“Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”, “Die Mommie Die”,…

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ROSEBURG (New City Stage): A difficult thing to talk about

Two stories are retold in parallel structure—the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting.

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13: The Musical (Media): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Jesse Cline has a knack for bringing out the best in performers and is especially good at developing young talent. Jason Robert Brown’s…

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When is a film not a film? Beckett’s FILM (1965) and Lipman’s NOTFILM (2015)

Somewhat perplexingly, neither Film nor Notfilm are films nearly to the extent that each is a picture of a feeling.

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SUMMER SERIES 2016 (BalletX): Lost in the unreal moment

Philadelphia’s most innovative and thrilling dance company brings yet another spark to the Wilma Theater.