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THURGOOD (Walnut Street): A supreme life

Johnnie Hobbs Jr. stars in a biographical play about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

THE VERTICAL HOUR (Lantern): Still means something

David Hare has the uncanny knack of being able to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

CHESS: THE MUSICAL (11th Hour): Cold War on the board

The precision and sense of drama makes you almost forget this is a concert and not a fully staged production.

THE BAND’S VISIT (National tour at Academy of Music): Lost in transit

The musicians are terrific and there are some sweet moments, but too much is lost

Aiming to Change: In CANDLES, a teenaged playwright tackles gun violence

A professional production of a prizewinning student-written play

A Film Classic Returns to Stage: Director Noel Hanley on THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

An upcoming production at Allens Lane Theater returns the play to the stage, giving audiences a new opportunity to revisit the still-contemporary comedy.

Mike Cefalo’s Visit: PA native returns with Broadway tour of THE BAND’S VISIT

Pittsburgh native Mike Cefalo is making his way across the country with a band of lost musicians.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar January 2020

Which plays are onstage in Philadelphia in January?

Remembering Philadelphia’s Beloved Broadway Star: Ann Crumb, the down-to-earth diva from Media

Media Theatre hosts a memorial service for Ann Crumb, December 29

GINTRY (Die-Cast Productions): Gentrification with a twist

At Whitey’s bar, gentrification and poetry are on the menu.

CATS (dir. Tom Hooper): A sin against theater, film, cats, and humanity

Maybe one day I’ll be able to scrape its rancid essence from my memory entirely. 

THE SNOW QUEEN (Arden Children’s Theatre): Not a sugar-coated fairy tale

“In the realm of the unknown, kids and adults have pretty much the same needs: courage, resilience, protection.” 

Holidaze Season: Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg talks about the seasonal show

Neil Goldberg is spreading holiday cheer one city at a time with his stage extravaganza Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

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. 

THE GAP

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?