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TOMFOOLERY (Act II): Rediscovering the satire of Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is the smartest, most devilish, most perceptive, and most funny of the editorial songwriters

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SIDE SHOW (Media Theatre): Coming together on a small stage

SIDE SHOW is a tricky piece, but there was much to savor at Media Theatre’s production

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

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Louisa May Alcott and the Civil War: A tale at an historic house

Local playwright Josh Hitchens has interpreted a Civil War story by Louisa May Alcott.

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Will this be on the test?

The Berserker Residents take us back to school

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Shelley Butler and Patrick Ross at PlayPenn. Photo by John Flak.

Beyond PlayPenn: Former conference interns come into their own, part 3

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.

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IT’S SO LEARNING is Even Berserker!

Republished by kind permission from FringeArts. Bradley Wrenn, co-founder of The Berserker Residents, talks about how the company is revamping their 2015 Fringe hit It’s So Learning to reflect our new, terrifying…

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AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

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LOST GIRLS (Theatre Exile): We are all capable of redemption

Yes, that was me sobbing on opening night of LOST GIRLS.

Patrick Ross with a script by James Ijames at PlayPenn, 2015. PlayPenn. Photo by John Fleck,

Under the wing of America’s most promising playwrights: PlayPenn interns speak, part 2

PlayPenn interns describe what its like to work with top playwrights.

Interns at the 2015 PlayPenn Conference. Photo by John Flak.

Interning PlayPenn, part 1: What theater students do behind the scenes of the playwriting conference

We hear from PlayPenn interns about the daily goings on of the conference.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar March 2017

What’s on stage this month in Philadelphia?

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Performance in Sketch: NICE AND FRESH (Automatic Arts)

Last weekend Moving Arts of Mount Airy witnessed a gathering artists connecting subjects to their own artistic voices

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SHITHEADS (Azuka): Nice ride

Azuka’s terrific production of SHITHEADS, a new play by Douglas Williams, details the New York bicycle subculture.

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A USER’S MANUAL (Thomas Choinacky): In search of a map

What does this spacial or architectural acknowledgement yield?

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The Curious Incident: Gene Gillette on acting in the Tony-winning play making its Philly debut

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes its Philadelphia debut February 28-March 5, 2017, at the Academy of Music.

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I GO ON SINGING (Annenberg Center Live): Sing on

In his touring one-night show I GO ON SINGING, Anthony Brown gives a heartfelt performance about one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished citizens.

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LEPER + CHIP (Inis Nua): More booze than the Bard

A fast-paced shaggy dog tale of love and revenge, told mostly in dueling monologs of Irish brogue

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A RIDE ON THE IRISH CREAM (Erin Markey/ FringeArts): The mind does crazy, sexy, cool things with memories

In A RIDE ON THE IRISH CREAM the script and choreography embodied the textures and lyricism of the music.