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THE CRAFTSMAN (Lantern): Crafting a good story

Now in its world premiere from Lantern Theater, the latest play by Philly’s favorite playwright Bruce Graham is based on a true story. It’s a great story.

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

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THE GAP (Azuka): Self-discovery onstage

By revealing the plot through meta layers, Goidel reinforces the idea that we’re watching self-discovery through art.

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BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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BLOOD WEDDING (Wilma): Movement in the veins

Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING makes a fitting vehicle for the Wilma Theater in-house troupe.

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Theater in Sketch: Previewing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Chuck Schultz sketches a preview talk from the Phantom.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Walnut): A bell rings

If you’re in the mood for a misty-eyed, life-affirming moment, It’s a Wonderful Life is the show for you.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar November 2017

What’s onstage in Philly this November?

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Phindie will be Live Tweeting the 2017 Barrymore Awards

Tonight is the ceremony for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, and Phindie will be there, holding a cell phone and live tweeting about the gathering and the winners….

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection

Naughty and nice collide in TOUCHTONES, a musical fantasy in world premiere at the Arden.

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The Voice Which Calls To Me: Abigail Mentzer returns to Philly with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Abigail Mentzer makes her return to Philadelphia as a ballerina in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

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DRACULA: A GOTHIC MYSTERY (Mechanical Theater): Magnificently mesmerizing at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Mechanical Theater has succeeded in reviving Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

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BUT NEXT NOT THIS (Hella Fresh Theater & Hum’n’bards): A bi-coastal experiment

A great idea for an experiment, but I’m not convinced that the reality plays out as well as the concept.

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Devil May Care: Acrobatic comedian Nick Gillette gives demon summoning a go

Storyteller and acrobat Nick Gillette is best known for his work with Almanac Dance Circus Theater, which he cofounded in 2013. But he also dabbles in comedy and demon summoning….

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IDEATION (Theatre Exile): How to succeed in business

The sterile corporate-speak of modern business pervades Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic contemporary play

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BUYER & CELLAR (1812 Productions): The way we are

This is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments. BUYER AND CELLAR is about Barbra Streisand’s basement.

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Devised Theater Workshop with Leading UK Practitioner Frantic Assembly

Innovative London-based company Frantic Assembly is coming to Philadelphia on October 18, 2017, with a Devised Theater Workshop

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Philly Actors Who Are Better Than You (at acting) and Deserve to be Seen

Casting actors you don’t know is like getting a dog from the animal shelter. Shit is cool for a while but then they flip the fuck out and bite you or run away.