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Five Technical Things About Ancient Roman Comedic Stages You Were Dying To Know

We know about the plays, at least if we have read them. But how much do we know about ancient stages? We’ve asked PPAA classics expert Mara Miller for a…

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BCKSEET Productions’ Losing the Shore

You never expect lighthearted comedy when going to a show by BCKSEET Productions. Argentine prison dramas, biting Edward Albee plays, and a Christmas show depicting Santa Claus as a reindeer molester…

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Updike’s guide to reviewing

Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the…

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Philly For Foodies

Food is an essential part of what makes Philadelphia tick. Each neighbourhood has its own unique style, for instance in West Philly you’ll find traditional Ethiopian whilst in the south…

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Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us

How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it, that we’re a charity case?…

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It’s The End of the World As We Knew It: New City’s PTERODACTYLS at the Adrienne

PTERODACTYLS takes place in a sterile Main Line living room (set design Cory Palmer), a fitting setting for a work reminiscent of Victorian drawing room comedy. Bygone era music underlines…

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Meta is Dead. Long Live Meta.

I want to talk about shows in theatre and dance that deal with the audience head on. In other words, works that acknowledge the existence of the audience as part…

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The New and Old of It: Interview with BCKSEET’s Gregory DeCandia

BCKSEET Productions has staged more than thirty plays in their eleven-year history, about half of those in Philadelphia, the city the company has called home since 2005. BCKSEET’s current production, Losing the Shore,…

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Square 1682: Restaurant review

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Square 1682, which proved that you can have high end service and quality without the high end price tag.

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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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It’s “theater”

Philadelphia is in the United States, so I’ve decided that theater should be spelled theater, not the English/French theatre. Right.

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THE CRUCIBLE (Tri-County Performing Arts Center)

Like many people, I was introduced to THE CRUCIBLE in a high school English class. The teacher dutifully told us that it was a play about McCarthyism and the House…

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LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players

Playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a powerful political message in the most palatable of pills

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How To Succeed In Comedy With Really Trying: Interview with The Waitstaff’s Sara Carano

For seven years Sara Carano has been a member of The Waitstaff, a Philly-based sketch comedy troupe that has proven to be one of city’s most durable and successful comedy…

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What I learned from GQ this time around

Having been inspired last time around to write one of  PPAA’s most popular articles “What Learned From GQ Today,” I thought I might mine the current issue for fodder for another fascinating…

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Did you see that thing about how last year Philly hotels had more guests than ever before?

Yeah, so it seems a shitload of people spent the night in Philadelphia in 2010. According to an Inquirer article/industry press release from Feb 19, “Philadelphia filled nearly four million hotel beds…

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Don’t worry folks, he’s not like that in real life (or so he claims): Interview with Blasted’s John Jezior

Actor John Jezior has become well known to Philadelphia area audiences through his work on Shakespeare productions; he has performed in nearly half of the Bard’s canon. “Jez” has been…

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“Great Expectations” at Curio Theatre

Charles Dickens asked in his will that no memorials be erected to him and so the life-size sculpture of the author in Clarke Park in West Philadelphia is the only…

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Conceptual Dance and Star Power

My dance vocabulary is limited, so please forgive me as I redefine terms for my own benefit. When I say conceptual dance, I am referring to an experimental dance piece…

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Sarah Kane’s Controversial Play ‘Blasted’ Comes to Philadelphia’s Luna Theater Company

That playwright Sarah Kane looked on the world as a pretty bleak place was confirmed by her 1999 suicide (at the young age of 28). But her dark worldview had already been…