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Lauren Earline Leonard, founder or Earlie Bird Productions.

A Vagina Monologues for our Times: Earlie Bird Productions’ V2: CREATION MYTH

V2: Creation Myth follows up and updated the themes from The Vagina Monologues.

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Desi Oakley Takes Your Order: Talking about her role in the touring production of WAITRESS

Desi Oakley is donning an apron and baking her way across the country as Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS

The Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo) in WRITTEN ON SKIN. Photos by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia.

A dilettante at large: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Opera Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s premiere drama critic, Toby Zinman knows her theater. Opera, not so much. Here’s her dilettante review of Opera Philadelphia’s WRITTEN ON SKIN.

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Performance in Sketch: Daedalus String Quartet and Michael Hollinger’s OPUS

Annenberg Center presented a program of music and theater, with a Beethoven performance by the Daedalus String Quartet and a staged reading by playwright Michael Hollinger

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LYDIE BREEZE PART ONE: COLD HARBOR (EgoPo): Ambitious, sprawling, but emotionally hollow

COLD HARBOR is fast-paced and skillfully produced, with a large, stylistically diverse cast, but at its emotional core it is stiff and distant.

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REALLY (Theatre Exile): Camera obscura

Discomfort is the name of the game here, but to what purpose?

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar February 2018

Yay! It’s a Philadelphia theater calendar for February 2018.

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MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light): A sorority of acting talent

A delightful comedy that shows an evening and morning in the lives of four sisters

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SENSITIVE GUYS (InterAct): Satirizing the dialectic of sex

What’s being satirized in this social satire? Good question, with several answers.

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution: Thoughts on seeing LES MIZ at the Academy

Thom Nickels contemplates revolution after seeing LES MIZ at the Academy

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A DOLL’S HOUSE (Arden): Ibsen for our times

A timelessly relevant damnation of our human falsehoods is also an au courant commentary on sexism.

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COPENHAGEN (Lantern): Observable quantities

I suspect that among the reasons COPENHAGEN has been so successful is that it invites us to believe that we are smarter than we actually are

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PASSING STRANGE (Wilma): A worthwhile caricature of art

The performers leave a bright impression in a play that’s a caricature of life and art,

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Theater in Sketch: MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light)

Paul Osborne’s 1939 comedy gets a new production in Malvern, PA.

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Theater in Sketch: A PROUST SONATA (Da Camera at FIAF)

Sketch artist Chuck Schultz visited Manhattan to see a Houston company’s concert-theater interpretation of In Search of Lost Time.

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Tiger Players: Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists present its first full production

This month, PAPA seeks to solidify its presence in the city with its first full production, Tiger Style! by Mike Lew.

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Theater in Sketch: Previewing TIME REMEMBERED (IRC)

I’ve been sitting in on some of the absurdist theater company’s rehearsals, sketching and liking what I see.

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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Allens Lane): Zany homespun fun

A visit with the eccentric Sycamore family is always a warm adventure in zaniness

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (Walnut Street): Ken Ludwig’s version turns the story on its head

An ancestral manor, a family curse, a fiend: Ken Ludwig’s version turns this Sherlock Holmes story on its head.