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BLOOD WEDDING (Wilma): Movement in the veins

Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING makes a fitting vehicle for the Wilma Theater in-house troupe.

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Theater in Sketch: Previewing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Chuck Schultz sketches a preview talk from the Phantom.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Walnut): A bell rings

If you’re in the mood for a misty-eyed, life-affirming moment, It’s a Wonderful Life is the show for you.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar November 2017

What’s onstage in Philly this November?

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Phindie will be Live Tweeting the 2017 Barrymore Awards

Tonight is the ceremony for the 2017 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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TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection

Naughty and nice collide in TOUCHTONES, a musical fantasy in world premiere at the Arden.

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The Voice Which Calls To Me: Abigail Mentzer returns to Philly with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Abigail Mentzer makes her return to Philadelphia as a ballerina in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

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DRACULA: A GOTHIC MYSTERY (Mechanical Theater): Magnificently mesmerizing at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Mechanical Theater has succeeded in reviving Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

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BUT NEXT NOT THIS (Hella Fresh Theater & Hum’n’bards): A bi-coastal experiment

A great idea for an experiment, but I’m not convinced that the reality plays out as well as the concept.

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Devil May Care: Acrobatic comedian Nick Gillette gives demon summoning a go

Storyteller and acrobat Nick Gillette is best known for his work with Almanac Dance Circus Theater, which he cofounded in 2013. But he also dabbles in comedy and demon summoning….

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IDEATION (Theatre Exile): How to succeed in business

The sterile corporate-speak of modern business pervades Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic contemporary play

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BUYER & CELLAR (1812 Productions): The way we are

This is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments. BUYER AND CELLAR is about Barbra Streisand’s basement.

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Devised Theater Workshop with Leading UK Practitioner Frantic Assembly

Innovative London-based company Frantic Assembly is coming to Philadelphia on October 18, 2017, with a Devised Theater Workshop

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Philly Actors Who Are Better Than You (at acting) and Deserve to be Seen

Casting actors you don’t know is like getting a dog from the animal shelter. Shit is cool for a while but then they flip the fuck out and bite you or run away.

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The Mother of All Roles: E. Ashley Izard plays Mary Tyrone in LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

E. Ashley Izard tackles one of the most daunting roles in the American canon.

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A PERIOD OF ANIMATE EXISTENCE (Pig Iron): Creating an environment for thought

It is our job as artists to create environments for people to see things differently. Pig Iron did that.

Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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[NYC] Dance in Sketch: I WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU DIE (Alessandro Sciarroni at the Crossing the Line Festival)

The Crossing the Line Festival presented by FIAF in New York brings artists from around the world to broaden our perspective.

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KINKY BOOTS (national tour at the Academy of Music): Everybody say yeah

Seeing KINKY BOOTS every couple of years turns out to be a semi-good idea