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Theater in Sketch: Previewing TIME REMEMBERED (IRC)

I’ve been sitting in on some of the absurdist theater company’s rehearsals, sketching and liking what I see.

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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Allens Lane): Zany homespun fun

A visit with the eccentric Sycamore family is always a warm adventure in zaniness

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (Walnut Street): Ken Ludwig’s version turns the story on its head

An ancestral manor, a family curse, a fiend: Ken Ludwig’s version turns this Sherlock Holmes story on its head.

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LES MISERABLES (National Tour at Academy of Music): A vibrant retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel

Thirty-two years ago, the other popular Broadway shows were A Chorus Line, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors. Unlike these musicals, LES MISERABLES has never really left the public conscience.

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ALL THE DEAD BIDDLES (Underbite Theatre Company): Looks at life after death through lens of dark humor

Underbite Theatre Company handles a tough topic wiith searing insight and sensitivity.

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2018 Theater Preview: 11th Hour Theatre Company

For 2018, 11th Hour Theatre Company continues two series of one-off productions and presents a full main stage production of a world premiere musical.

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Frankenstein’s Author: Jennifer Summerfield on her new show MARY SHELLEY

This month, actor Summerfield showcases another side of her talents with MARY SHELLEY, a solo performance she created for rare book museum the Rosenbach.

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2018 Theater Preview: Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre Group of Mount Airy produces contemporary stagings of classic theatrical works.

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PABLO HERAS-CASADO RETURNS (Philadelphia Orchestra): Old and new

Although Spanish guest conductor has led the Philadelphia Orchestra once before, in 2016, he is a relatively new face for the Philadelphians.

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2018 Theater Preview: Curio Theatre Company

The gem of West Philadelphia, Curio Theatre Company continues to impress with its literary adaptations and productions of classic and contemporary theater.

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2018 Theater Preview: FringeArts

The company that brings us the Philadelphia Fringe Festival keeps the Fringe coming all year long with presentations by inventive local and visiting artists.

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2018 Theater Preview: EgoPo Classic Theatre

EgoPo Classic Theatre focuses its 2017/18 series on the work of John Guare with the world premiere of Guare’s Lydie Breeze Trilogy as one fluid theatrical experience.

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2018 Theater Preview: InterAct Theatre Company

Interact Theatre Company continues to produce provocative contemporary plays exploring relevant political issues.

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Rasabox Workshop Coming to the Ethical Society

The Rasabox Workshop is the most recent series of exercises to emerge in the context of New York performance training center The Performance Workshop.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar January 2018

Theater shows in Philadelphia in January 2018.

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Dreamed a Little Dream Come True: Phoenix Best stars in Les Mis

Philadelphia native, Phoenix Best, comes full circle as she prepares to return to the area in the touring production of Les Misérables.

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JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (Casabuena Cultural Productions): The classic Christmas ghost story, retold

Tom Mula’s reimagining of the classic Dickens tale is a good fit for this family friendly company. The slightly anachronistic humor gets laughs, and a warm-hearted ending captures the essence…

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Theater in Sketch: THE BROWNINGS (Orbiter 3)

The art world can be as small as one makes it, and the codependent relationship in THE BROWNINGS begins to shut out the rest of the world.

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Arden): Scott Greer in an entertaining, painful, life-enhancing play

To balance the traumas of life—from a difficult childhood through a challenging adulthood—a man writes down every brilliant thing, every wish he can think of.

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Media Theater): An enchanted musical

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is set in a countryside town near a forest. The musical is based on Linda Woolverton’s screenplay for Disney, which focuses on the ill-fated beast and his…