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Experience an Original Sonic Happening at the Fringe with Found Theater Company’s ELECTRIC JUNGLE

Found Theater Company’s latest foray into the Fringe Festival is everything the Fringe should be: experimental, inventive, boundary-breaking, and thoroughly engaging. Devised by Found’s young ensemble of multi-talented Temple University…

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Treats of the 2012 Philly Fringe: THE GHOST SONATA and THE MAIDS

One of the great things about the Fringe Festival is the opportunity to see independent companies perform works unlikely to be attempted by more established theater groups. This year brought…

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CREDITORS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Everything Great Theater Should Be

August Strindberg’s CREDITORS is a revenge tragedy of classic proportions, a modern descendant of the ancient Greeks and Shakespeare. His unnerving story of a love triangle in late 19th-century Sweden…

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Neighborhood Treats of the 2012 Philly Fringe: Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties

The annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe showcases dozens of local and international performing artists at venues all across the city, but you don’t have to travel very…

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Philadelphia FringeArts Unveils Plans for its New Headquarters

The historic High Pressure Fire Service Building on the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard will have a new life as the permanent headquarters of the Philadelphia Live Arts…

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Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12

Here are my annual picks for the best of Philadelphia theater: Best Play: August: Osage County (Arden) Honorable mention: The Island (Lantern) Best Actor, Male: Frank X, The Island (Lantern) Honorable…

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A Rare and Satisfying CYMBELINE at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

CYMBELINE is one of Shakespeare’s later and lesser-known works, not often performed and hard to classify. Though inspired by legends about an ancient British king named Cunobelinus, it is not…

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Plenty of Pulp: THE END OF CIVILIZATION at the Walking Fish

Some of the best entertainments are plot-heavy pulp mysteries: the film Double Indemnity, Raymond Chandler’s stories, Agatha Christie’s plays. With unemployment, serial killing, prostitution, addiction, and flawed police detectives, George F….

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A Taste of the Fringe in Early Summer: New City Stage Presents Two Sam Shepard Shorts

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival receives hundreds of applications from American drama troupes every year. Philadelphia’s New City Stage Company is in talks to become one of those selected to travel…

Philadelphia Theater Calendar June 2017

What’s on stage in Philadelphia this month?

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Angels in America: two parts, two seasons

Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, one of the city’s leading playhouses, is concluding its 2011/12 season with Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. The first part of Tony Kushner‘s acclaimed two-part saga exploring love, sexuality, and…

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A Philly theater double header this Saturday

One of the best things about the annual Philly Fringe festival  is the opportunity to see several works of performing arts in one day or evening. I remember a few years ago…

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Sisyphus Sings in Silent Joy: Lantern Theater Company’s THE ISLAND

In his essay The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus compares man’s existence to the figure from Greek mythology, condemned for eternity to push a rock up a mountain, only to have it…

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1812 Productions Weds Mamet in BOSTON MARRIAGE

I have a soft spot for the drawing room plays by Oscar Wilde, Somerset Maughan, and the like. With ready wit they provide amusing takedowns of bourgeois society, its conventions…

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HAMLETMACHINE + MEDEAPLAYS = Renegade’s Richly Challenging Work

Berlin was the 20th-century’s battleground. After the convulsions of its own murderous fascism and the Red Army’s retaliatory annihilation, it became the front line in the Cold War. Cut in…

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Theatre Exile’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE Entertains

Author Graham Greene wrote two types of books. His novels (The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American), onto which he staked his literary reputation, and his “entertainments” (Our Man in…

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Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Triumphs with TITUS ANDRONICUS

Shakespeare’s early revenge tragedy, TITUS ANDRONICUS, is a bloodbath of murder, dismemberment, rape, and cannibalism, which has remained for centuries the Bard’s most maligned work. Some have questioned its authorship,…

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Two Philadelphia companies take Medea in new directions

The story of Euripides’s third place finish in the 431 B.C. Athens Dionysia festival is one to warm the hearts of unsung writers everywhere. The great Greek tragedian finished behind two now-forgotten…

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Stirring BLACK MONK Offered Up by Simpatico

“Forget all the laws of optics, which the legend does not recognize” —Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk Attempting to summarize the best modernist short stories is futile; it’s impossible to…

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Simpatico concludes its Philadelphia season with David Rabe’s THE BLACK MONK

“She began dressing, too. Only now, looking at her, Kovrin realised the danger of his position — realised the meaning of the black monk and his conversations with him. It…