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Speak From Away: Dialect coach Joel Goldes teaches Newfie-talk and other accents for COME FROM AWAY

Dialect coach Joel Goldes breaks down what it takes to learn an accent.

And the winners are… 2019 Barrymore Award recipients

Hey, who won a 2019 Barrymore Award?

FALSETTOS (11th Hour Theatre Company): 60-second review

A challenging show, with musically complicated, character-driven songs, that demands performers tell almost the entire story through song.

MINORITYLAND (Power Street Theatre): The G word

MINORITY portrays gentrification and its evils in a complexity lacking from the characters that inhabit the fictional Hope Street.

THE NIGHT ALIVE (Inis Nua): 60-second review

A quiet, human look at modern isolation

PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD (Quintessence): Dead dads, tall tales, Irish intrigue

When PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD premiered in Philadelphia in 1912, riots broke out. Quintessence’s skillful production features consistently strong performances that manage to surprise and delight.

DONNA ORBITS THE MOON (Tiny Dynamite): A long and moving journey

At first it seems to be just another mad housewife story: a church-going, cookie-baking, carpet-vacuuming middle-aged empty nester whose husband works until 11 p.m. and most weekends. But Ian August’s…

ORLANDO (Villanova): Blurred lines

As Orlando journeys through genders and centuries, the pain and beauty of being a human in a body is explored with a vibrant commitment to the process of theater-making. 

The Roommate

THE ROOMMATE (1812 Productions): 60-second review

Where are Oscar and Felix when you really need them?

AUTOPIA (Hella Fresh): 2019 Fringe review

I’m reminded to look around and appreciate the magic of the theater.

Philadelphia theater calendar

Philadelphia Theater Calendar October 2019

Theater shows in Philadelphia in October 2019.

Neal Zoren’s Shows to See in Philadelphia This October

Preview of Philadelphia theater this October

Shining Star: Jessica Bedford talks about METEOR SHOWER at the Walnut

Jessica Bedford is shining brightly in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower.

Fringe in Sketch: THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD (Allens Lane)

The wife of America’s richest man is put in an insane asylum.

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A LITERAL DOLL HOUSE (Macho Goat): 2019 Fringe review

Is she playing with dolls or is she controlling her own narrative?

THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Lantern): 60-second review

A quick, masterful production that would make Brecht proud.

Gina Leigh was the MC and Aaron Lathrop played a professor in the 2019 edition of PUPPET-DELPHIA FRINGE SLAM
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METEOR SHOWER (Walnut Street): The sparks don’t fly

Steve Martin was once funny and smart.