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Old People and Theater (VIGIL at Lantern)

I began to attend Philadelphia theater in earnest about a decade ago, in my early mid-twenties. Consistently, my companion and I would be the youngest people in an audience made…

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Theater People vs. Theater Critics…The Ultimate Debate

I’ve been a lover of the stage as long as I can remember. Mostly this love has been realized as a patron of local theaters. My father acted in community…

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Why’s Everyone Such a Critic?

I’ve been a lover of the stage as long as I can remember. Mostly this love has been realized as a patron of local theaters. My father acted in community…

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Talkin’ Irish with Madi Distefano of Brat Productions

Six theater companies came together this season to create the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival, which featured eight contemporary plays from the Emerald Isle. Brat Productions is joining the fray with…

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Brat Productions’ CRAIC Fringes the Irish Theatre Fest

There are some 400 million native English-language speakers in the world and about 6 million of them live on the island of Ireland, but the Emerald Isle seems to have…

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Classics Now and Forever: Interview with Quintessence Theatre’s Alexander Burns

Quintessence Theatre Group is wrapping up its inaugural season at the Sedgwick Theater in Mount Airy with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which is running now through May 22nd….

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Commedia, Terrorism, and Royalty: Inis Nua’s DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT

Cast members from Inis Nua Theatre’s DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT, playing in Philadelphia PA through May 14. The Royal Wedding and the death of international terrorist Osama bin Laden were the…

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Amaryllis Theatre Company Brings an Excelente LYDIA to the Adrienne

As Octavio Solis’s sublimely crafted play Lydia opens, the Mexican American Flores family is struggling to cope with the aftermath of a terrible car accident. The daughter, Ceci (an excellent…

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Two Jews Walk Into A War at InterAct

At the Adrienne last Thursday night, the show started before the curtain went up: first there was the woman who got a verbal spanking from the theater staff for munching…

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World War What? Did PIFA forget a little something in its celebration of Paris 1910-20?

We here at PPAA are all for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)–it’s great to have a major springtime performing arts festival in the city. But is it…

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Bleak Complexity: SPEAKING IN TONGUES at the Walnut’s Independence on 3

As SPEAKING IN TONGUES opens, two couples are about to cheat on their partners. Their dialog develops in unison; each pairing uttering the same lines. Sonia/Jane: Tell me about your…

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One Woman, Many Voices: LET ME DOWN EASY at PTC

There are many voices in this nation’s health care debate, and Anna Deveare Smith could probably act out them all. In LET ME DOWN EASY, now onstage at Philadelphia Theatre…

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Five Technical Things About Ancient Roman Comedic Stages You Were Dying To Know

We know about the plays, at least if we have read them. But how much do we know about ancient stages? We’ve asked PPAA classics expert Mara Miller for a…

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BCKSEET Productions’ Losing the Shore

You never expect lighthearted comedy when going to a show by BCKSEET Productions. Argentine prison dramas, biting Edward Albee plays, and a Christmas show depicting Santa Claus as a reindeer molester…

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Updike’s guide to reviewing

Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the…

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Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us

How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it, that we’re a charity case?…

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It’s The End of the World As We Knew It: New City’s PTERODACTYLS at the Adrienne

PTERODACTYLS takes place in a sterile Main Line living room (set design Cory Palmer), a fitting setting for a work reminiscent of Victorian drawing room comedy. Bygone era music underlines…

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The New and Old of It: Interview with BCKSEET’s Gregory DeCandia

BCKSEET Productions has staged more than thirty plays in their eleven-year history, about half of those in Philadelphia, the city the company has called home since 2005. BCKSEET’s current production, Losing the Shore,…

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California Fresh: New theater company launches in Kensington arts space

The back streets of Kensington may not have much in common with the popular perception of Hollywood, California, but as John Rosenberg will tell you, life in the L.A. acting…

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It’s “theater”

Philadelphia is in the United States, so I’ve decided that theater should be spelled theater, not the English/French theatre. Right.