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Fun for a Night, Hell for a Life: Luna’s Toxically Humorous BACHELORETTE

We’ve all met someone like her: the beautiful ex–prom queen with a cutting wit, overconfidence, and the forgivable tendency to say something hopelessly stupid and insensitive. In Leslye Headland’s BACHELORETTE,…

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Interview with James C. Tolbert III

James Tolbert has decades of experience on stages in Philadelphia and around the country, most recently as the lead in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Plays and…

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Simpatico’s THE MEEP PROJECT Brings Innovation to All-Ages Theater

THE MEEP PROJECT is a charming collaboration between playwright Ed Swidey and Simpatico Theatre Project. The world premiere development piece (which looked as fully developed as any original production I’ve seen!) employs new methods of storytelling, using movement and sound in place of language.

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WHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM (New City): Side-Splitting Satire on a Timely Topic

Written by Durang (a Bucks County native) in 2009, in the aftermath of Abu Ghraib and in the midst of America’s unending involvement in the Middle East, WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM will have you howling, as well as questioning the sanity of our elected officials, national security advisers, and the growing reactionary fringe of our voting populace (if you don’t already).

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Feliz Navidad! UN VIAJE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY at Kensington’s Walking Fish Theatre

UN VIAJE—A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY is running at Walking Fish Theatre in Kensington (Philadelphia), PA through December 30. (Photo courtesy of B. Someday Productions at Walking Fish Theatre) UN VIAJE: A…

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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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A Versatile Acting Showcase in The Renegade Company’s THE AMISH PROJECT

“What happens to a person when they live in a world where you can’t believe anything and the things you don’t want to believe are actually true?” Janice Rowland stars…

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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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A theater which has been destroyed…

Just came across this quote by the great Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca: The theater is one of the most expressive and useful instruments for educating a country;…

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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…

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InterAct’s THE HOW AND THE WHY is Well Written and Full of Ideas

“It’s yours, you created it, you gave birth to it. Don’t throw it away because you’re frightened of the implications.” Zelda (Janis Dardaris), an award-winning evolutionary biologist, is telling Rachel…

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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An overview of the Philly theater scene

Philadelphia theater is rich in its diversity and output, with over 100 companies presenting thousands of performances every year. The city boasts a long-standing tradition of theatrical production—Center City’s Walnut…

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Tracy Letts’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY…A Modern Great at the Arden

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY bookends with characters quoting T. S. Elliot’s “The Hollow Men.” “Life is very long,” begins Beverly Weston (David Howey), the alcoholic patriarch of an Oklahoma household, talking…

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Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2010-2011

The Barrymore Awards ceremony is tonight, and I’m not there, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own opinions about the best actors and productions of last season. I…

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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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A Voyage of Wonder: WHaLE OPTICS at the Live Arts

“Meditation and water are wedded forever” —Herman Melville, Moby Dick For last year’s Live Arts Festival, playwright Thaddeus Phillips took us on a trip to Columbia into the heart of…

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Angry Ed Miller Dishes On His Fringe Show Wired & Being A Theatre Artist In Philly (he’s not really angry, it’s just “Angry Ed Miller” has a nice ring to it)

Ed Miller has been acting in and creating theater works in Philly since the 90s (the new 60s). Or at least, that’s when I first encountered him, sometime in the…

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Annie’s Got a Brand New Bag: See It at the Philly Fringe

Annie Wilson is a local dancer-choreographer-performer-art maker type who has been making her presence known these past several years since graduation from the University of the Arts. I first met…