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Philadelphia Theater Calendar April 2018

Find out what’s onstage in Philadelphia this April with our useful Philadelphia theater calendar.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK (National tour at the Academy of Music): Amiable mediocrity

Most things are destined to be average, even musicals that have managed to stay on Broadway for a couple of years.

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We Come to Rock: Local SCHOOL OF ROCK star talks about the touring production

Doylestown native and Penn State grad Liam Fennecken is ready to rock and roll in the high octane musical SCHOOL OF ROCK.

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FROZEN (Isis Productions): Forgiveness, redemption, and moving on

Neill Hartley’s ensemble for FROZEN makes the most of all the emotion and thoughtfulness Bryony Lavery invests in his play of forgiveness, redemption, and moving on.

Jasmine Ward as Pecola, Back: Nicolette Lynch as Claudia in THE BLUEST EYE at Arden Theatre Company through April 1, 2018. www.ardentheatre.org. Photo by Mark Garvin.

THE BLUEST EYE (Arden): Bringing Toni Morrison to the stage

In adapting THE BLUEST EYE, Lydia R. Diamond trusts Toni Morrison.

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CROWNS (McCarter): 60-second review

Regina Taylor’s CROWNS is an entertaining and telling musical about traditions among African-American women

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ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE (Media Theatre): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy Garland and began hoping Stern, a known…

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THE PRODUCERS (Bristol Riverside): Bialystock & Bloom, mini-Madoffs of the theater world

Mel Brooks’s THE PRODUCERS has gone from Screen Comedy to Musical Comedy to Screen Musical Comedy and back to the stage again.

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Back to Prison: Playwright Kash Goins on his reprised play V to X at Arden Theatre

Kash Goins talks to Phindie about the new production of his acclaimed prison drama and the Arden’s coming season.

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SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (Ars Nova/PTC): Hmmph

As far as I can tell, this is a satire, although you know you’re on shaky ground when you’re not sure if the play knows it’s a satire.

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A Three-Man Show About Two One-Man Shows: CSz Philadelphia’s TWO-MAN ONE-MAN

TWO-MAN, ONE-MAN is a three-man show—about two one-man shows—being performed as a two-man show.

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LYDIE BREEZE PART 2: AIPOTU (EgoPo): Seeking utopia

EgoPo’s presentation of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze continues with a look at a New England utopia.

Caroline Strang, Brittany Anikka Liu in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. Photo by Tori Harvey

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (People’s Light): An intense retelling of a familiar story

David Bradley’s production of this classic is a sterling example of a strong scripts coupled with a great ensemble.

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THE MOST DESERVING (Allens Lane): Art-iface at it’s funniest!

Catherine Trieschmann’s THE MOST DESERVING is an all out cuckoo cultural clash, insanely hilarious as performed at Allens Lane

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MARIE ANTOINETTE (Curio): You say you want a revolution?

Danton, Marat, Robespierre, and their ilk have mostly been forgotten, while the guillotined Marie retains fame.

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PASSING STRANGE (Wilma): Youth and rebellion

Youth is the time of our lives when the more adventurous among us follow French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s dictum that “everything we are taught is false.”

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Oscar-Winning Movies Don’t Come From Plays Anymore

No published or produced play has been the source for a Best Adapted Screenplay award since 1989.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar March 2018

This is what you can see in Philly theaters in March 2018.

Paul McElsee as The Ice Cream Man, Katherine Perry as Amanda, Thomas-Robert Irvin as The Taxi Driver in TIME REMEMBERED. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Remembering TIME REMEMBERED: Interviews with the IRC cast

Henrik Eger talked to the IRC cast about their production of Jean Anouith’s play.

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in A STEADY RAIN in Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin

A STEADY RAIN (Walnut St): An intense and engrossing cop show

If you’re a fan of TV police procedurals this is the play for you.