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Carla Belver, Kevin Meehan and Nancy Boykin in JOHN by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. Running at Arden Theatre Company through February 26. Photo by Mark Garvin.

JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

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ROMEO & JULIET (Media): A Rose of any other name

The lights show a bare stage; the set is two dilapidated buildings with scaffolding. The curtains intermittently change from day to night with a transient light. The place is Verona,…

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar February 2017

What’s on stage this month in Philadelphia?

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LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Walnut): Funny, morbid, timely, and of a time

Theatergoers who long for the good ol’ days of pre-political correctness will love it. Everyone else, just enjoy the ride.

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Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

(l-r) Tom O'Keefe, Edmund Lewis, Eric Tucker, and Andrus Nichols in HAMLET. Photo by Jenny Anderson

HAMLET (Bedlam Theater Company): “Shakespeare’s most underrated comedy” is at McCarter in Princeton

Bedlam’s imagination and the energy of their acting make their production stand out.

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Dance in Sketch: DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS (NextMove)

oug Varone and Dancers presented three different dances

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Matt and Matt: A conversation with one-man comedy duo Matt Holmes

In Matt&, Philly improv comedian Matt Holmes performs with an audience member. The show runs every month at 7pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at the new Good Good Comedy Theatre.

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CONSTELLATIONS (Wilma): Love in the multiverse

“We have all the time we ever had.”

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O’Neill, and Samantha Bowling, Photo credit: Mark Garvin.

INFORMED CONSENT (Lantern): A strange kind of ethics

The play has a compelling point to make about the diversity of truth and mutual respect, but in the end, it’s difficult to take the argument seriously.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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LIZZIE (11th Hour): Lizzie Borden took an axe

This is what “stifled rage” sounds like. Not so stifled, but certainly enraged.

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Theater in Sketch: Chris Davis in ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW

The setting is Vietnam and we are just waking up at the voice of Martin Sheen.

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Theater in Sketch: ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore)

This meta-play within a play is clever and ridiculous.

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ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore): Harvesting the humor in humiliation

Leave cynicism in the lobby and pick it up later

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[nyc] THE MIKADO (NYGASP): Same music, less yellow-face

A vibrant, three-hour clever and engaging tale accompanied by its many classic show-stopping musical numbers

Irina Varina, photo by Said Johnson.

NICE AND FRESH Returns with Josh McIlvain, Irina Varina, Steve Lippe, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell

Philadelphia’s best revue of new performing arts returns for another season January 13 and 14, 2017, at Moving Arts of Mount Airy.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar January 2017

Wizard of Oz. November 8, 2016-January 9, 2017. Walnut Street Theatre. 825 Walnut Street. $20-$95. walnutstreettheatre.org. One-Man Apocalypse Now by Chris Davis. January 11-18, 2017. Beard Cave at St. Mary’s Church, 3916 Locust Walk. $20….

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Pantomine in Sketch: SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light)

Sleeping Beauty the Musical Panto by Peter Pryor and Samantha Reading expresses an ageless story. It is an artistic exploration into space, time, and sound.

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WILDE TALES (Quintessence): Where the WILDE things are

Oscar Wilde once wrote to a friend that his two books of fairy tales were intended “partly for children and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of…