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ON THE EXHALE (Theatre Exile): A one-woman show handles a loaded issue

Martin Zimmerman’s visceral, thoroughly modern, elegant one-woman show inspired by the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. 

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To the Core: InterAct’s residency program culminates in four free readings

InterAct’s 2018/19 Core Playwrights Program culminates in a series of free readings showcasing the work of four local playwrights.

SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL (Forrest Theatre): An Unlikely Hero

Philadelphia gets a visit from Bikini Bottom in Spongebob the Musical.

On Target: Matt Pfeiffer talks about directing ON THE EXHALE

Director Matt Pfeiffer talks about directing a one-actor play about gun violence

LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD (People’s Light): What is a panto?

Takeaway: Bring your kids to this unique Philadelphia area tradition!

[nyc] A New(ish) EVITA at New York City Center

Director Sammi Cannoid brings a lot of thought to the Webber/Rice juggernaut EVITA. Can the show’s libretto handle it?

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar December 2019

Philadelphia theater calendar for December 2019

Neal Zoren’s Plays to See in Philadelphia This December

Previewing December theater in Philadelphia

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Comedy in Sketch: YOUR SUNDAY BEST

An awesome recurring show with a line up of comedians and comic performers

[nyc] SLAVE PLAY (Golden Theatre): Process this!

Jeremy O. Harris’ brilliant SLAVE PLAY is designed to shock, provoke, and trigger. It succeeds on all fronts.

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AN ILIAD (Arden): Rage returns to Ilium

A bold, visceral performance giving the strong script its due.

[nyc] YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA (Signature Theatre): Times change

The style—despite a major cast—might be best described as wooden realism

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[nyc] PUMPGIRL (Irish Repertory Theatre): Things are fine in Irish drama

Everywhere you turn, there’s another Irish play, and each seems better than the last.

Visiting Bikini Bottom with Tristan McIntyre, star of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Among his many other skills, Tristan McIntyre can proudly add “planktonic copepod” to his list of theater roles. McIntyre joins SpongeBob and the proud residents of Bikini Bottom in the…

MEAN GIRLS (national tour): Doesn’t quite clique

“It’s not Ibsen,” I reminded myself, “It doesn’t have to be Sondheim. Just enjoy the show and have fun!”

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THE LAST MATCH (Lantern): Set points

Playwright Anna Ziegler drops us deep into an intricate game of high-stakes tennis

A Fairy Tale Role: Julia Udine on playing Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL

Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Shrek has Julia Udine transforming between princess and ogre.

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Walnut Street): 60-second review

A witty as well as funny musical that brought the happy house game.

SUNSET BABY (Azuka): A shining lead performance

Victoria Aaliyah Goins shines in a new play by a hot young playwright

ONCE (Bucks County Playhouse): Once upon a time in New Hope

Bucks County Playhouse’s stunning production of ONCE leaves audiences hungry for more.