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The National Touring Company of WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus.

WICKED (National Tour at Academy of Music): Something wizard this way comes

The sets are lavish, the stagecraft is spectacular, and WICKED satisfies every requirement for a Big Broadway Musical.

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Explaining those billion nights: Interview with Thaddeus Phillips

Republished by kind permission from the FringeArts blog. “A Billion Nights on Earth is at the same time an adult work for kids and a kids work for adults—or in…

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MOON OVER BUFFALO (People’s Light): A few doors short of a farce

Why did People’s Light exhume this largely forgotten play from its well-deserved obscurity?

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Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival Returns August 2–6, 2017

From a fledgling weekend-long event, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) has become an established part of the city’s theater calendar.

Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda in WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Life in Oz: Interview with WICKED star Ginna Claire Mason

Ginna Claire Mason talks about her dream role as Glinda in the national touring production.

Rudy Caporaso as Hamlet and Susanna Herrick as the Player Queen in REV Theatre Company’s production of HAMLET.

HAMLET (REV Theatre Company): “For the apparel oft proclaims the man” Fashion-forward styling updates HAMLET

REV Theatre Company creates a powerful rendition of HAMLET through scenery and clothing

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THE NEW & IMPROVED STAGES OF GRIEF (Act II): Laughing through tears

Philadelphia’s queen of comedy takes on a dark subject with humor and heart.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar July 2017

Jerry’s Girls. April 4-July 2, 2017. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street. $35-$40. walnutstreettheatre.org Saturday Night Fever. May 16-July 16, 2017. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.$20-$95. walnutstreettheatre.org The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens…

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THE NERD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Larry Shue’s 1979 farce has seen better days.

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Theater in Sketch: THE ROSES IN JUNE (Seagull Productions)

Chuck Schultz reviews in words and image.

Mother Emanuel cast. Front LtR, Lauren Morgan, Christopher Augustin, Sabriaya Shipley. Back, Christian Branch. Image by Ethimo Foto.

MOTHER EMANUEL—AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PLAY (New Freedom Theatre): Taking the theater to church

New Freedom Theatre honors Emanuel Nine in new musical by creating a gospel celebration that honors their lives

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PROJECT DAWN (People’s Light): The hug or the hammer

A well-intentioned but dull play about an important legal program in Philadelphia.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): A study in want

There was a perfection to the timing of FUN HOME’s arrival in Philadelphia: Another take on FUN HOME

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Theater in Sketch: HIR (Simpatico)

Simpatico Theatre Company’s production of HIR by Taylor Mac challenges audiences to reconsider preconceptions of gender identity

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Revisiting PARROT TALK: A play distilled mid-run

Those fortunate enough to see both renditions of PARROT TALK witnessed in real-time flow the distillation of creative genius.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

BUDDY: The Buddy Holly StoryJune 24 – July 16Book by Alan JanesMusic and Lyrics by Buddy HollyDirected by Hunter FosterChoreographed by Lorin Latarro

Ritchie Valens in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY: Interview with actor Gilbert Sanchez

GILBERT SANCHEZ speaks about his role as Ritchie Valens in the current production.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): Hiding who you are is likely to be tragic

FUN HOME is both a musical and a family drama; it’s also an activist declaration

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UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

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Theater in Sketch: HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct)

The InterAct Theater goes behind the scenes of a working kitchen