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How To Succeed In Comedy With Really Trying: Interview with The Waitstaff’s Sara Carano

For seven years Sara Carano has been a member of The Waitstaff, a Philly-based sketch comedy troupe that has proven to be one of city’s most durable and successful comedy…

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What I learned from GQ this time around

Having been inspired last time around to write one of  PPAA’s most popular articles “What Learned From GQ Today,” I thought I might mine the current issue for fodder for another fascinating…

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Don’t worry folks, he’s not like that in real life (or so he claims): Interview with Blasted’s John Jezior

Actor John Jezior has become well known to Philadelphia area audiences through his work on Shakespeare productions; he has performed in nearly half of the Bard’s canon. “Jez” has been…

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“Great Expectations” at Curio Theatre

Charles Dickens asked in his will that no memorials be erected to him and so the life-size sculpture of the author in Clarke Park in West Philadelphia is the only…

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Sarah Kane’s Controversial Play ‘Blasted’ Comes to Philadelphia’s Luna Theater Company

That playwright Sarah Kane looked on the world as a pretty bleak place was confirmed by her 1999 suicide (at the young age of 28). But her dark worldview had already been…

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Philly needs an Equity Showcase—sound the horn!

I was producing a Fringe show last year, and I had an Equity actor (Actors’ Equity is the union for theatre actors). No problem, my co-producer and I thought, we…

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What the fuck are they teaching our kids? Interview with UArts student Jessica Rodriguez

I’m interested in the growth of The University of the Arts (UArts) and how its graduates have been sticking around and building their performing arts careers here. (Ditto Temple kids.)…

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Can we get Cliff Lee to a play?

Cliff Lee made an appearance at the Philadelphia Auto Show, and it was the top story on the evening news. (Since this is a performing arts blog, I should explain…

Philadelphia Theater Initiative

So I was looking at the PTI website the other day . . .

Philadelphia Theatre Initiative (PTI), part of the Pew Foundation’s Arts & Heritage wing, gives out serious cash each year to local theatre organizations to put on, bring in, and create…

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California Living in Kensington: an interview with John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theatre

I got a chance to catch up with playwright/director John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theatre whose show California Redemption Value is in the middle of its run at The Papermill Theatre in…

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What I learned from GQ today

For those of you familiar with my appearance, you may be surprised to learn that I have a subscription to GQ. Fear not, I do not plan to either improve…

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Musical theater kicks off Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s fourth season

I’m not the target audience for Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s Philadelphia premier of “[title of show]“, now onstage UPstairs at the Adrienne Theatre. I’ve never been the biggest fan of musicals. “Why…

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A Weekend of Christmas Plays

Amazingly, there is just one weekend left until Christmas, but that’s still plenty of time to get your fill of holiday theater. Here is the pick of this weekend’s festive…

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PTC Preview show to benefit Philadelphia literacy organization

Tomorrow, Thursday 11, 2010, the Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting a special pay-what-you-can performance of its upcoming production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Proceeds will benefit the Center…

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Brat Productions Presents ‘Carrie’ at Underground Arts

Published in 1974, Stephen King’s Carrie, the tale of a bullied high school outcast who takes bloody telekinetic revenge upon her torturers, kick started a horror-writing career that now spans almost 40 years and…

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Theater Picks for the 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe

The Live Arts and Philly Fringe has grown and moved mostly North and West from its Old City nexus, prices have gone up, and the roster of performances seems larger and harder…

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A Queer Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a gender-bent look at Shakespeare’s famous play for a woman wert thou first created; Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, And by addition me…

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Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2009-2010

August 2 saw the announcement of the 2010 Barrymore Awards. I only saw about 25 plays by 10 companies this season, so my pool of plays is somewhat smaller, but…

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A Demonic Tour de Force: The Screwtape Letters Returns to the Lantern Theater Company

C.S. Lewis‘s The Screwtape Letters is more overtly religious than his allegorical children’s books. But just as an appreciation for the Narnia tales does not require a belief in talking animals and…

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An Evening Without Woody Allen

Not everyone likes Woody Allen’s comedy, it can be a bit high-brow, idiosyncratic, or vulgar for some tastes, and like any comedy, some of his works from decades past are…