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Classics Now and Forever: Interview with Quintessence Theatre’s Alexander Burns

Quintessence Theatre Group is wrapping up its inaugural season at the Sedgwick Theater in Mount Airy with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which is running now through May 22nd….

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Commedia, Terrorism, and Royalty: Inis Nua’s DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT

Cast members from Inis Nua Theatre’s DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT, playing in Philadelphia PA through May 14. The Royal Wedding and the death of international terrorist Osama bin Laden were the…

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Amaryllis Theatre Company Brings an Excelente LYDIA to the Adrienne

As Octavio Solis’s sublimely crafted play Lydia opens, the Mexican American Flores family is struggling to cope with the aftermath of a terrible car accident. The daughter, Ceci (an excellent…

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Two Jews Walk Into A War at InterAct

At the Adrienne last Thursday night, the show started before the curtain went up: first there was the woman who got a verbal spanking from the theater staff for munching…

It was such fun to be in France in the 1910s!

World War What? Did PIFA forget a little something in its celebration of Paris 1910-20?

IS it just a little strange that in a festival with a theme of Paris 1910–20, few of the shows and none of the literature seem to mention that there was a little war going on

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Bleak Complexity: SPEAKING IN TONGUES at the Walnut’s Independence on 3

As SPEAKING IN TONGUES opens, two couples are about to cheat on their partners. Their dialog develops in unison; each pairing uttering the same lines. Sonia/Jane: Tell me about your…

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One Woman, Many Voices: LET ME DOWN EASY at PTC

There are many voices in this nation’s health care debate, and Anna Deveare Smith could probably act out them all. In LET ME DOWN EASY, now onstage at Philadelphia Theatre…

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Five Technical Things About Ancient Roman Comedic Stages You Were Dying To Know

We know about the plays, at least if we have read them. But how much do we know about ancient stages? We’ve asked PPAA classics expert Mara Miller for a…

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BCKSEET Productions’ Losing the Shore

You never expect lighthearted comedy when going to a show by BCKSEET Productions. Argentine prison dramas, biting Edward Albee plays, and a Christmas show depicting Santa Claus as a reindeer molester…

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Updike’s guide to reviewing

Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the…

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Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us

How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it, that we’re a charity case?…

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It’s The End of the World As We Knew It: New City’s PTERODACTYLS at the Adrienne

PTERODACTYLS takes place in a sterile Main Line living room (set design Cory Palmer), a fitting setting for a work reminiscent of Victorian drawing room comedy. Bygone era music underlines…

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The New and Old of It: Interview with BCKSEET’s Gregory DeCandia

BCKSEET Productions has staged more than thirty plays in their eleven-year history, about half of those in Philadelphia, the city the company has called home since 2005. BCKSEET’s current production, Losing the Shore,…

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California Fresh: New theater company launches in Kensington arts space

The back streets of Kensington may not have much in common with the popular perception of Hollywood, California, but as John Rosenberg will tell you, life in the L.A. acting…

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It’s “theater”

Philadelphia is in the United States, so I’ve decided that theater should be spelled theater, not the English/French theatre. Right.

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THE CRUCIBLE (Tri-County Performing Arts Center)

Like many people, I was introduced to THE CRUCIBLE in a high school English class. The teacher dutifully told us that it was a play about McCarthyism and the House…

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LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players

Playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a powerful political message in the most palatable of pills

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How To Succeed In Comedy With Really Trying: Interview with The Waitstaff’s Sara Carano

For seven years Sara Carano has been a member of The Waitstaff, a Philly-based sketch comedy troupe that has proven to be one of city’s most durable and successful comedy…

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What I learned from GQ this time around

Having been inspired last time around to write one of  PPAA’s most popular articles “What Learned From GQ Today,” I thought I might mine the current issue for fodder for another fascinating…

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Don’t worry folks, he’s not like that in real life (or so he claims): Interview with Blasted’s John Jezior

Actor John Jezior has become well known to Philadelphia area audiences through his work on Shakespeare productions; he has performed in nearly half of the Bard’s canon. “Jez” has been…