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Theater in Sketch: PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3)

Rebecca Wright brought out the cute and cuddly demeanor of the cast while still driving home a deep dark message

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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (PTC): Just another queer tragedy

If you like your gay stories trite and tragic, this is the play for you.

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Local playwright makes good: An interview with Jacqueline Goldfinger

It’s been a banner month for local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

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Theater in Sketch: THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY (Curio)

The small cast at Curio Theatre play multiple roles in THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY, a dramatization of Gustave Flaubert’s novel (read the Phindie review). Aetna Gallagher, Andrew Blasenak,…

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It Doesn’t Take a Man: Getting to the Bottom of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“It doesn’t take a man to play the role of Bottom,” says veteran actor Susan Wefel, who is playing one of Shakespeare’s most ridiculous fools. “It can be a woman.”

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What’s Going On: Interview with Jarran Muse of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

Jarran Muse talks to Phindie about preparing for his role as Marvin Gaye.

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RE/ACTION (Pennsylvania Ballet): Brilliant ballet by divine dancers

The company has gone through drastic changes since last season, some of which may have come with sorrow. Still they never stopped their devotion to ballet and to the Philadelphia art community.

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PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3): Can we live in peace?

A remarkable play navigating the deep waters of philosophy and the shallow waters of adults wearing animal costumes.

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BUZZER (Theatre Exile): We wouldn’t come here if we didn’t live here

A provocative and dismaying story, conveyed through complex characters rather than through statistics and theories

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[NYC] MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (Target Margin Theater): Getting closer to O’Neill

I feel like I know the value of experimental theater thanks to the folks at Target Margin.

Flamineo (Dan Hodge) and Cornelia (played by J.J VanName) have a fight. While Vittoria (Charlotte Northeast) seems to look up to the mother Flamineo despises her for his lack of wealth. As Flamineo and Zanche (played by Lexie Braverman) are fooling around, Flamineo urges the Duke to have his way with Vittoria. Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

THE WHITE DEVIL (PAC): A bloody good thriller

PAC gives the Jacobin the veneer of a mid-20th century hard-boiler. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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Anthony Heald in GYPSY: Journeyman actor makes his way to Philadelphia

In a casting coup, Anthony Heald has come to Philadelphia to play Herbie in GYPSY at Arden Theatre.

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Let’s Dance: Talking DIRTY DANCING with star Jennifer Mealani Jones

DIRTY DANCING returns to Philadelphia this month with several new new cast leads, including Jennifer Mealani Jones in the role of Penny Johnson

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SWALLOW (Inis Nua): This Scottish play is a spot on reflection of America right now

A visceral, exquisitely written, three-person anxiety attack

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Fringe in Sketch: SCRATCH NIGHT (FringeArts)

At SCRATCH NIGHT, the change from one artist to another is exciting.

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Many Happy Returns: Trey Lyford wishes you HAPPY BIRTHDAY (1812 Productions)

Three married couples in a romp about infidelity who all have years of stage work and accolades to their names.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar May 2017

What’s onstage in Philadelphia this month?

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Marriages of Figaro: Opera Philadelphia stars are partners on and off stage

Layla Claire and John Chest appear as Mozart’s unhappily married Count and Countess weeks before their own nuptials.