Philadelphia Theater Initiative

So I was looking at the PTI website the other day . . .

Another Sondheim revival is not what will put Philly on the theater map.

John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theater in Kensignton Philadelphia

California Living in Kensington: an interview with John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theatre

I got a chance to catch up with playwright/director John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theatre whose show California Redemption Value is in the middle of its run at The Papermill Theatre in…

philadelphia theater and gq

What I learned from GQ today

For those of you familiar with my appearance, you may be surprised to learn that I have a subscription to GQ. Fear not, I do not plan to either improve…

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Musical theater kicks off Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s fourth season

I’m not the target audience for Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s Philadelphia premier of “[title of show]“, now onstage UPstairs at the Adrienne Theatre. I’ve never been the biggest fan of musicals. “Why…


A Weekend of Christmas Plays

Amazingly, there is just one weekend left until Christmas, but that’s still plenty of time to get your fill of holiday theater. Here is the pick of this weekend’s festive…

Philadelphia theater calendar

Philadelphia Theater Calendar December 2017

December 2017 theater shows!


PTC Preview show to benefit Philadelphia literacy organization

Tomorrow, Thursday 11, 2010, the Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting a special pay-what-you-can performance of its upcoming production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Proceeds will benefit the Center…


Brat Productions Presents ‘Carrie’ at Underground Arts

Published in 1974, Stephen King’s Carrie, the tale of a bullied high school outcast who takes bloody telekinetic revenge upon her torturers, kick started a horror-writing career that now spans almost 40 years and…

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Theater Picks for the 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe

The Live Arts and Philly Fringe has grown and moved mostly North and West from its Old City nexus, prices have gone up, and the roster of performances seems larger and harder…

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A Queer Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a gender-bent look at Shakespeare’s famous play for a woman wert thou first created; Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, And by addition me…


Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2009-2010

August 2 saw the announcement of the 2010 Barrymore Awards. I only saw about 25 plays by 10 companies this season, so my pool of plays is somewhat smaller, but…

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar July 2017

What’s onstage in Philadelphia this month?


A Demonic Tour de Force: The Screwtape Letters Returns to the Lantern Theater Company

C.S. Lewis‘s The Screwtape Letters is more overtly religious than his allegorical children’s books. But just as an appreciation for the Narnia tales does not require a belief in talking animals and…


An Evening Without Woody Allen

Not everyone likes Woody Allen’s comedy, it can be a bit high-brow, idiosyncratic, or vulgar for some tastes, and like any comedy, some of his works from decades past are…


1812 Productions’ An Evening Without Woody Allen, now onstage at Plays and Players

 “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve it through not dying.” — Woody Allen Woody Allen might be the preeminent comic mind of our time, as Oscar Wilde and Mark…

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A Brief History of Early Publishing in Philadelphia

Early publishing in Philadelphia has a rich and storied history. William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682; within three years the nascent town had its first printing press. The first American…


Theatre Exile’s "Shining City" at Plays and Players

The past year has seen some great stagings by Irish playwright Colin McPherson in Philadelphia. The Arden’s brilliant Seafarer was followed by a stripped down performance of The Weir by…

Octavius Catto and the Pythians of Philadelphia

But black baseball in Philadelphia has roots that go back to the end of the Civil War.


Shakespeare in Philadelphia: The Arden’s Romeo and Juliet Introduces a Season of the Bard

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the world’s most produced playwright. For evidence of his enduring popularity look no further than the region’s stages: there are at least five…

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Bruce Graham Scores Again with Theatre Exile’s Any Given Monday at Plays & Players Theater

Acclaimed local playwright Bruce Graham returns toTheatre Exile with Any Given Monday (now onstage at Plays & Players Theater), a sport-themed world premiere geared to ride the success of his popular The Philly Fan. Unlike…