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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.

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LES MISERABLES (National Tour at Academy of Music): A vibrant retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel

Thirty-two years ago, the other popular Broadway shows were A Chorus Line, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors. Unlike these musicals, LES MISERABLES has never really left the public conscience.

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ALL THE DEAD BIDDLES (Underbite Theatre Company): Looks at life after death through lens of dark humor

Underbite Theatre Company handles a tough topic wiith searing insight and sensitivity.

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2018 Theater Preview: 11th Hour Theatre Company

For 2018, 11th Hour Theatre Company continues two series of one-off productions and presents a full main stage production of a world premiere musical.

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Frankenstein’s Author: Jennifer Summerfield on her new show MARY SHELLEY

This month, actor Summerfield showcases another side of her talents with MARY SHELLEY, a solo performance she created for rare book museum the Rosenbach.

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2018 Theater Preview: Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre Group of Mount Airy produces contemporary stagings of classic theatrical works.

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PABLO HERAS-CASADO RETURNS (Philadelphia Orchestra): Old and new

Although Spanish guest conductor has led the Philadelphia Orchestra once before, in 2016, he is a relatively new face for the Philadelphians.

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2018 Theater Preview: Curio Theatre Company

The gem of West Philadelphia, Curio Theatre Company continues to impress with its literary adaptations and productions of classic and contemporary theater.

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2018 Theater Preview: FringeArts

The company that brings us the Philadelphia Fringe Festival keeps the Fringe coming all year long with presentations by inventive local and visiting artists.

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2018 Theater Preview: EgoPo Classic Theatre

EgoPo Classic Theatre focuses its 2017/18 series on the work of John Guare with the world premiere of Guare’s Lydie Breeze Trilogy as one fluid theatrical experience.

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2018 Theater Preview: InterAct Theatre Company

Interact Theatre Company continues to produce provocative contemporary plays exploring relevant political issues.