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Upcoming theater and arts in Philadelphia

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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…

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Live from Philadelphia… it’s 4SW Live! (FREE show)

4SW Productions is launching onto the Philadelphia theater scene with a showcase of short comedic plays next Monday in the third-floor space at Plays & Players theater. Written by and starring company…

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Twelfth Night at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre opens its 15th Anniversary Season with Twelfth Night. Directed by Artistic Director Carmen Khan, the production promises to be a fun look at this irresistible romantic comedy. In this,…

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Philadelphia’s BRAT Productions makes the theater of the absurd even more absurd

Eugene Ionesco’s absurdest masterpiece The Bald Soprano (“La Cantatrice chauve”) ends as it begins: with an Englishwoman talking about french fried potatoes. Her husband isn’t listening, but this failure of communication is small…

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A Valentines Playdate in Philadelphia

“First dates are stressful,” says the postcard for Matchbox Theatre Projects Valentines Day special,The Playdaters. As we all know, the 100th date can be just as fraught. Whether it’s your…

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African American History Month, onstage in Philadelphia

I’m writing this on February 4th, on what would be Rosa Parks 99th birthday. Parks herself is represented onstage in Philadelphia tonight, at the end of the musical The Scottsboro Boys at…

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Annual Philadelphia show salutes seminal TV comedy

Now in its sixth year, 1812 Productions’ This Is The Week That Is has become a cherished Philadelphia theater tradition. Described by 1812 artistic director Jennifer Childs as “the Carol Burnett Show…

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Wild Bunch in Wild Punch in Kensington

California transplant John Rosenberg opened the Papermill Theater in an old (you guessed it) paper mill in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, it’s been host a number of…

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Fun new theater at Plays and Players in Philadelphia

Running through November 19, Joy Cutler’s Pardon My Invasion continues a rich traditional of fun theater at Plays and Players. Tucked away on the quiet residential Delancey Street a few blocks from…

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Meanwhile . . . a noir-spoof mystery at the Ruba Ballroom

Philadelphia has quite the noir pedigree. It was home to William McGivern, author of the source material to such hard-boiled classics as Rogue Cop and The Big Heat, and David Goodis, whose Philadelphia-set novel Down There was…

Mark Rothko ponders one of his canvases. Commissioned for the Four Seasons in NYC, the cycle is on display at the Tate Modern in London, and worth a visit.

“I see dead artists”: Haley Joel Osment returns to Philly in PTC’s RED

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has used Philadelphia and its environs as the setting for all of his critically acclaimed films, most famously his 1999 breakthrough movie, The Sixth Sense, which…

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10 Picks for 2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, and the 2011 edition looks bigger andbetter than ever. The Live Arts Festival features nine world premieres…

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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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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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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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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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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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1812 Productions’ An Evening Without Woody Allen, now onstage at Plays and Players

 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve it through not dying.” — Woody Allen Woody Allen might be the preeminent comic mind of our time, as Oscar Wilde and Mark…

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Shakespeare in Philadelphia: The Arden’s Romeo and Juliet Introduces a Season of the Bard

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the world’s most produced playwright. For evidence of his enduring popularity look no further than the region’s stages: there are at least five…