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Summer Tailgating: A guide to upcoming new work for theater lovers, likers, and makers

A list of summer pre-season new work tailgating essentials to get us pumped for the 2016/16 theater season.

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Meet Me On South Street: Previewing the fourth annual SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL

The city’s largest block party returns to South Street on May 7, with a celebration of food, drink, music, and art.

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Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac team up for (In)Visible

It’s been a meeting of dancer-choreographer minds, bodies and private worlds of dancer-choreographers Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac.

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A Mummer Renaissance

Piffaro, the Renaissance band, presented the show Mummer’s Delight to 100 people on March 20, at 3 p.m., at Sts. Andrew & Matthew Church in Wilmington, Del. Using historical instruments,…

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Taming the Brew: ShakesBEER brings the Bard to a brewery with a drinky MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“The script is a little more silly and beer filled then Shakespeare originally wrote it,” says MTC’s artistic director Sean Connolly.

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Chickabiddy to Perform in the MANTIS SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at The Troc

Multi-talented theater artists Aaron Cromie and Emily Schuman formed Chickabiddy in 2015.

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You Don’t Know Philadelphia Writers Like Thom Nickels

Thom Nickels is the go-to person for Philadelphia architecture, gay Philadelphia, and now, literary Philadelphia.

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You might be done with the past, but the past ain’t done with you: Matt Pfeiffer on O’Neill’s ANNA CHRISTIE

Matt Pfeiffer discusses the Eugene O’Neill play ahead of PAC’s reading.

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Shhhh: Secret Show at the Painted Bride.

There’s not much I can tell you about the one-night performance at the Painted Bride Art Center on February 9, 2016. The content, performers, and format are a secret to the audience until the performance begins.

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The Last Days of the Society Hill Playhouse

A stalwart of Philadelphia theater since the 1960s, Society Hill Playhouse will close on April 1, 2016. This Spring’s programming marks the final chapter in a long history.

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More Flamenco. More Wine. Tablao Philly returns with flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano

Pasión y Arte brings flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano to the Asian Arts Initiative for the second Tablao Philly

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Winter’s Hottest Forecast: SNOWBALL 2016 by Brian Sanders’ JUNK will blow you away!

This year’s SNOWBALL, an annual winter fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK, transforms Union Transfer into a winter wonderland filled with daring dance, music, raffles, drinks, and a spectacular faux snowball fight.

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Performing Art for the Price of a Sandwich: NICE AND FRESH returns to Mount Airy

The new series kicks off with shorts from Sam Tower/ Plant Me Here, The Naked Stark, John Rosenberg/ Hella Fresh, and Josh McIlvain/ SmokeyScout.

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Loneliness on the Street and in the Dance Studio

Once homeless and non-homeless performers explore their commonalities and solitude.

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Chopin As He Was Meant To Be Heard: Without the piano

Frédéric François Chopin’s expressive and technically demanding piano concertos are among the finest in the classical music canon. So naturally, Polish actor Barbara Wysocka and director Michael Zadara (who make up the group…

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Diving into METAMORPHOSES: A watery stage takes shape at the Arden

A look at the building of the impressive set for the Arden production of METAMORPHOSES.

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A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.

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Sowing a Parable for our Times: Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER as a concert

Octavia Butler’s dystopian future seems especially relevant. Can we find respite in comradeship and song?

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Pope fever continues with ALTAR CALL

Random Acts of Theater and the Liberty Education Forum are riding the wave of Pope fever with the Philadelphia premiere of Melissa McBain’s ALTAR CALL,

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1.5 Million Men Missing: New play looks at “five to ten” and the devastation of the prison system

There are 1.5 million black men missing from American homes. V TO X examines who and where they are.