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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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Anthony Heald in GYPSY: Journeyman actor makes his way to Philadelphia

In a casting coup, Anthony Heald has come to Philadelphia to play Herbie in GYPSY at Arden Theatre.

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Let’s Dance: Talking DIRTY DANCING with star Jennifer Mealani Jones

DIRTY DANCING returns to Philadelphia this month with several new new cast leads, including Jennifer Mealani Jones in the role of Penny Johnson

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SWALLOW (Inis Nua): This Scottish play is a spot on reflection of America right now

A visceral, exquisitely written, three-person anxiety attack

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Fringe in Sketch: SCRATCH NIGHT (FringeArts)

At SCRATCH NIGHT, the change from one artist to another is exciting.

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Many Happy Returns: Trey Lyford wishes you HAPPY BIRTHDAY (1812 Productions)

Three married couples in a romp about infidelity who all have years of stage work and accolades to their names.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar May 2017

What’s onstage in Philadelphia this month?

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Marriages of Figaro: Opera Philadelphia stars are partners on and off stage

Layla Claire and John Chest appear as Mozart’s unhappily married Count and Countess weeks before their own nuptials.

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THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (Hedgerow Theatre): 60-second review

A sense of familiarity permeates THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, Matt Tallman’s adaptation of Anthony Hope’s novel of intrigue, adventure, and mistaken identity

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Stef Smith and SWALLOW: A word with the Scots playwright of Inis Nua’s new production

We checked in with Stef Smith to find out how she approaches her work.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

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PARROT TALK (Julius Ferraro): Like a sound wave begging to be heard

PARROT TALK follows a simple narrative arc of a woman dying on her way to the grocery store; however, nothing about her journey is linear.

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G-chatting the Gift of Life: Talking POLLYANNA with Katherine Perry and Sarah Knittel

Phindie met Katherine and Sarah online to get the lowdown on their collaborative project

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Forrest Theater): She’s coming for you

They dusted off the rarely used Forrest Theater for this touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a twenty-year-old rock musical which was itself recently dusted off for a 2014 Broadway revival.

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Arden): An elixir of make-believe

The Arden Theatre Company’s world premiere of THE LIGHT PRINCESS mixes up a elixir of make-believe

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Dance in Sketch: Faye Driscoll’s THANK YOU FOR COMING: PLAY (FringeArts)

The narrative of the play dances around anxiety, narcissism, and companionship, and the cards let truth be told.

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“New York-caliber actors”: How NYC-centrism hurts regional theater

A recent article on Philly.com displays a falls into a reductive yet prevalent view of theater as the province of New York

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#IAMMADEOFSTARS (Almanac): Artistes of the floating world

combines the complex questions of humanity, (such as ‘Why am I here?’) with the natural improvisation life requires, and expresses it physically alongside a healthy dose of humor.

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WHITE: James Ijames on PlayPenn and Playwriting

James talked to Phindie about the genesis of WHITE and its development at PlayPenn, a Philadelphia-based organization for the development of new plays.