The scariest thing I can think of, outside of a talking octopus that walks on land, is mental decline
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…View More BCKSEET Productions’ Losing the Shore
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…View More Updike’s guide to reviewing
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…View More Philly For Foodies
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,…View More 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
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…View More It’s The End of the World As We Knew It: New City’s PTERODACTYLS at the Adrienne
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…View More Meta is Dead. Long Live Meta.
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…View More The New and Old of It: Interview with BCKSEET’s Gregory DeCandia
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.View More Square 1682: Restaurant review
The back streets of Kensington may not have much in common with HollywoodView More California Fresh: New theater company launches in Kensington arts space
Philadelphia is in the United States, so I’ve decided that theater should be spelled theater, not the English/French theatre. Right.View More It’s “theater”
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…View More THE CRUCIBLE (Tri-County Performing Arts Center)
Playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a powerful political message in the most palatable of pillsView More LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players
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…View More How To Succeed In Comedy With Really Trying: Interview with The Waitstaff’s Sara Carano
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…View More What I learned from GQ this time around
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…View More Did you see that thing about how last year Philly hotels had more guests than ever before?
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…View More Don’t worry folks, he’s not like that in real life (or so he claims): Interview with Blasted’s John Jezior
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…View More “Great Expectations” at Curio Theatre
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…View More Conceptual Dance and Star Power
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…View More Sarah Kane’s Controversial Play ‘Blasted’ Comes to Philadelphia’s Luna Theater Company
I was producing a Fringe show last year, and I had an Equity actor (Actors’ Equity is the union for theatre actors). No problem, my…View More Philly needs an Equity Showcase—sound the horn!