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Scott Greer in Every Brilliant Thing, Photo by Ashley Smith LaBonde

EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Arden): Scott Greer in an entertaining, painful, life-enhancing play

To balance the traumas of life—from a difficult childhood through a challenging adulthood—a man writes down every brilliant thing, every wish he can think of.

Julianna Babb as Babette and JP Dunphy as Lumiere. Credit_ Alex Medvick

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Media Theater): An enchanted musical

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is set in a countryside town near a forest. The musical is based on Linda Woolverton’s screenplay for Disney, which focuses on the ill-fated beast and his…

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Mister in THE COLOR PURPLE: Gavin Gregory talks about the touring production

Gavin Gregory takes on the gritty role of “Mister” in the current North American tour of THE COLOR PURPLE.

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Theater in Sketch: FINDING NEVERLAND (Academy of Music)

Sketch artist Chuck Schultz paints FINDING NEVERLAND

David Ingram, James Ijames, and Charlotte Northeast in THE BROWNINGS, November 2017. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

THE BROWNINGS (Orbiter 3): Let me count the f%&*ing ways

In a heartfelt moment, Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells her poet-husband, “I’m going to dip your cock in laudanum and fuck you til i’m high”

Gregory Isaac and Leigha Kato. Back, l to r: Lee Coropassi, Doug Hara. (Photo by Shawn May)

MY FAIR LADY (Quintessence): A splendid holiday gift

A jubilant mix of beautiful music and songs, dancing, magic, social politics… and elocution

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CRIMES OF THE HEART (Curio): Deliciously dark Southern fare

Beth Henley’s play remains relevant because its central characters feel so vibrantly human

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Cabaret in Sketch: GET PEGGED (Bearded Ladies)

Sketches of the monthly cabaret show at La Peg.

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FINDING NEVERLAND with Lael Van Keuren: Interview with star of the touring musical

Lael Van Keuren and the cast of Finding Neverland fly into Philadelphia over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Theater in Sketch: HOLD STILL WHILE I FIGURE THIS OUT (FringeArts)

The three artists in Subcircle transform the FringeArts stage in a never-ending improvisation.

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THE CRAFTSMAN (Lantern): Crafting a good story

Now in its world premiere from Lantern Theater, the latest play by Philly’s favorite playwright Bruce Graham is based on a true story. It’s a great story.

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

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THE GAP (Azuka): Self-discovery onstage

By revealing the plot through meta layers, Goidel reinforces the idea that we’re watching self-discovery through art.

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Daniel Barland in BROKEN STONES at InterAct Theatre. Photo by Kathryn Raines

BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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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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This Is Not A Theater Review

Thoughts on Destiny Estimate, the American Theater Critics Association, and theater criticism.