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TOMFOOLERY (Act II): Rediscovering the satire of Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is the smartest, most devilish, most perceptive, and most funny of the editorial songwriters

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Dance in Sketch: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO (Prince Theater)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has made its trademark to have male dancers crossdress in tutus. NextMove Dance brought the company’s signature style to the Prince Theater March 8-12, 2017.

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SIDE SHOW (Media Theatre): Coming together on a small stage

SIDE SHOW is a tricky piece, but there was much to savor at Media Theatre’s production

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

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Louisa May Alcott and the Civil War: A tale at an historic house

Local playwright Josh Hitchens has interpreted a Civil War story by Louisa May Alcott.

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Will this be on the test?

The Berserker Residents take us back to school

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TORUK-THE FIRST FLIGHT (Cirque du Soleil): Awe-inspiring show by the best of the world

Every aspect of TORUK is simply breathtaking and astonishing.

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LE CORSAIRE (PA Ballet): A flamboyant and passionate ballet of the pirates

Pennsylvania Ballet’s LE CORSAIRE is as gorgeous and breath-taking as it should be.

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Opera in Sketch: DOCTOR ATOMIC (Curtis) + BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE (Philadelphia Orchestra)

The stillness in the endings for both Bartok’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE and John Adam’s DOCTOR ATOMIC at The Kimmel Center this past weekend left me with a clear image for, “all’s fair in love and war.”

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Beyond PlayPenn: Former conference interns come into their own, part 3

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.

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IT’S SO LEARNING is Even Berserker!

Republished by kind permission from FringeArts. Bradley Wrenn, co-founder of The Berserker Residents, talks about how the company is revamping their 2015 Fringe hit It’s So Learning to reflect our new, terrifying…

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BLOOM (Allendance): Motorman motivated dance

Using movement to explore narrative, the dancers exhibited both stability and vulnerability in their presence.

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AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

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LOST GIRLS (Theatre Exile): We are all capable of redemption

Yes, that was me sobbing on opening night of LOST GIRLS.

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Under the wing of America’s most promising playwrights: PlayPenn interns speak, part 2

PlayPenn interns describe what its like to work with top playwrights.

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Choreographic Workshop (PA Ballet): Dance beginnings from Pennsylvania Ballet

Not only successful as a forum to provide opportunities and experiences to young choreographers and dancers, the Choreographic Workshop was also very well done as a performance.

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Transcendent pianism from Kirill Gerstein at the McCarter

Kirill Gerstein bathed his Princeton audience in splendor Monday, February 27, when the pianist presented a recital featuring Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt at the McCarter Theatre.  Nothing about this…

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Interning PlayPenn, part 1: What theater students do behind the scenes of the playwriting conference

We hear from PlayPenn interns about the daily goings on of the conference.