Previews

Upcoming theater and arts in Philadelphia

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Loneliness on the Street and in the Dance Studio

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

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…

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.

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.

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?

Gil Johnson (left) and Peter Andrew Danzig. Photo by Andy Joos.

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,

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.

Tonight! Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium kicks off the Fringe with EXIT THE KING!

Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium returns with its latest dive into the absurd—Eugene Ionescos EXIT THE KING

Fishtown Fringe Preview #2: POPE UP

Part of a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Fishtown Fringe Preview #1: STRUCTURALLY SOUND (New Street Dance Group)

The first in a series of previews of shows in the Fishtown Fringe segment of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Tongue & Groove asks “Who Are You? Who who, who who?”

This month, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater is revisiting their popular improv show, WHO, in which the audience is asked to honestly answer the simple question “Who Are You?”

GayFest! 2015: Preview and schedule

GayFest! shows feature gay characters, but they are no more “gay plays” than plays featuring straight characters are “straight plays”.

Tchaikovsky’s Last Opera: Russian Opera Workshop 2015 presents IOLANTA

Now in its fifth season, Russian Opera Workshop presents FREE in-concert opera productions of seldom-produced works by leading Russian composers.

Finding ASYLUM: New work launches at Stagecrafters

Based on the true story of a lesbian who fled Uganda to escape an honor killing by her father, ASYLUM traces a treacherous landscape where non-conformity is a matter of life and death.