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Plenty of Pulp: THE END OF CIVILIZATION at the Walking Fish

Some of the best entertainments are plot-heavy pulp mysteries: the film Double Indemnity, Raymond Chandler’s stories, Agatha Christie’s plays. With unemployment, serial killing, prostitution, addiction, and flawed police detectives, George F….

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A Taste of the Fringe in Early Summer: New City Stage Presents Two Sam Shepard Shorts

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival receives hundreds of applications from American drama troupes every year. Philadelphia’s New City Stage Company is in talks to become one of those selected to travel…

Philadelphia Theater Calendar June 2017

What’s on stage in Philadelphia this month?

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Angels in America: two parts, two seasons

Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, one of the city’s leading playhouses, is concluding its 2011/12 season with Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. The first part of Tony Kushner‘s acclaimed two-part saga exploring love, sexuality, and…

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A Philly theater double header this Saturday

One of the best things about the annual Philly Fringe festival  is the opportunity to see several works of performing arts in one day or evening. I remember a few years ago…

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Sisyphus Sings in Silent Joy: Lantern Theater Company’s THE ISLAND

In his essay The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus compares man’s existence to the figure from Greek mythology, condemned for eternity to push a rock up a mountain, only to have it…

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1812 Productions Weds Mamet in BOSTON MARRIAGE

I have a soft spot for the drawing room plays by Oscar Wilde, Somerset Maughan, and the like. With ready wit they provide amusing takedowns of bourgeois society, its conventions…

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HAMLETMACHINE + MEDEAPLAYS = Renegade’s Richly Challenging Work

n HAMLETMACHINE and MEDEAPLAYS, now in seemless production at the space by The Renegade Company, Müller has reassembled classic texts and plot-points into a dislocating new context.

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THE TEMPEST (Curio): Such stuff as dreams are made on

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and…

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Theatre Exile’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE Entertains

Author Graham Greene wrote two types of books. His novels (The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American), onto which he staked his literary reputation, and his “entertainments” (Our Man in…

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Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Triumphs with TITUS ANDRONICUS

Shakespeare’s early revenge tragedy, TITUS ANDRONICUS, is a bloodbath of murder, dismemberment, rape, and cannibalism, which has remained for centuries the Bard’s most maligned work. Some have questioned its authorship,…

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Two Philadelphia companies take Medea in new directions

The story of Euripides’s third place finish in the 431 B.C. Athens Dionysia festival is one to warm the hearts of unsung writers everywhere. The great Greek tragedian finished behind two now-forgotten…

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Stirring BLACK MONK Offered Up by Simpatico

“Forget all the laws of optics, which the legend does not recognize” —Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk Attempting to summarize the best modernist short stories is futile; it’s impossible to…

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Twenty years of Headlong Dance Theater

Through its nearly twenty-year history, Headlong Dance Theater has been stretching boundaries. Stylistically, the company has incorporated such movement backgrounds as ballet, jazz, Bharata Natyam, sports, and sign language. The…

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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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Philadelphia’s Historic Districts

Old City/Historic District America’s most historic square mile, no question. In one day you can visit all the elements that represent the birth of the Unites States of America. The famous Liberty…

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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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New City’s TERRORISM Presents a Sardonic Look at Modern Life

Passenger: It’s madness — what sort of an age do we live in? You don’t feel safe anywhere now, only at home… First Passenger: At home? Passenger: Only at home…

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A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT: Three Things We Can All Like

As a lover of theater, beer, and meat-filled pastries, I’ve been excited by the ads and positive buzz about this series from Tiny Dynamite for a few months. When I…