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MARISOL (Villanova): Wake up call by golf club

José Rivera’s fantastically powerful portent of a world is fabulously riveting as directed by James Ijames at Villanova Theatre.

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MAURITIUS (Act II): Feeling the philatelia

Act II Playhouse gets all dramatic with Theresa Rebeck’s MAURITIUS

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Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Katherine Perry returns with SEX TALK election special

SEX TALK once again turns musical theater tropes into sing-song gropes that will touch you in places only your partner—or favorite presidential candidate—should

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DELIRIUM (EgoPo): 60-second review

At 800+ pages, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov would not seem ideally suited to theatrical interpretation.

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[NYC] HEISENBERG and VIETGONE (Manhattan Theatre Club): A weekend report

Thoughts on two shows, HEISENBERG and VIETGONE, under the auspices of the Manhattan Theatre Club.

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Getting NOWHERE FAST: Sam Tower and BRAT team up for female-fronted rock ‘n’ roll dance theater

Jess Conda joins Sam Tower + Ensemble in an all badass female rock noir cabaret.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar: November 2016

what’s on stage this month?

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Making Philadelphia Theater Great Again: Ken Brady’s THE LETTER H

What will future theatermakers and scriptwriters make of Donald Trump and his campaign. Ken Brady gets a head start.

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Hopefully This Will All Be Over Soon: A punk-theater election fantasia

Mixing punk and bouffon, this political satire offers a chance to laugh at the absurdity of this unusual election cycle and engage in the real issues of the November 8 election.

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BREATHE SMOKE (Orbiter 3): These are times of change

Williams avoids the metatheatrics associated with plays about performance for an inquiry into painful transitions we all must undergo.

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GUARDS AT THE TAJ (Theatre Exile): Beauty and brutality join hands

The debate central to Rajiv Joseph’s absorbing new play isn’t just talk: when you lose this one, you really lose.

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MYSTERY IN THE HOUSE OF USHER: A POE TALE (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A morbidly fun affair

The spirits of Edgar Allen Poe’s tales come alive in the historical Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS: THE ELECTION SPECIAL (1812 Productions): Yuugely funny

Ho boy, it’s been quite the election cycle. Thankfully, Philadelphia has 1812 Productions to ease the pain with its annual satirical show.

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And the winners are… 2016 Barrymore Awards

For the second year in a row, Theatre Exile led the pack with five Barrymore Awards for its production of The Invisible Hand

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Theater in Sketch: MOTHER COURAGE

Some sketches of some Brecht.

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Live Tweeting the Barrymores

Tonight is the ceremony for the annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, and Phindie will be there, holding a cell phone and live tweeting about the gathering and the winners.

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RADIANT VERMIN (Inis Nua): Devilishly good home redecoration

An entertaining cautionary tale about the wages of greed and consumerism

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DISGRACED (McCarter): No disgrace here

A divinely thorough production of an honest, far reaching play.

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A NEW BRAIN (Horizon): Getting a new lease on life

Theatre Horizon’s production of William Finn’s autobiographical musical comedy is filled with off-beat humor, powerhouse vocals, and a life-affirming message.