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BUT NEXT NOT THIS (Hella Fresh Theater & Hum’n’bards): A bi-coastal experiment

A great idea for an experiment, but I’m not convinced that the reality plays out as well as the concept.

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LADY BIRD (dir. Greta Gerwig): Philadelphia Film Festival review

What can I say? Gerwig knocks it out of the park.

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GEMINI (dir. Aaron Katz): Philadelphia Film Festival review

There’s something to be said about a mystery that simply crumbles once its secrets are revealed

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT (dir. Sean Baker): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The Florida Project is easily Philadelphia Film Festival’s most buzzed about exhibition.

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Daniel Matsukawa and Friends (PCM Society): Music review

Philadelphia Orchestra principal bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa was featured in a chamber music program presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia

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FLESH AND BLOOD (dir. Mark Webber): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Featured as part of the Greater Filmadelphia programming block, Flesh and Blood is Mark Webber’s semi-autobiographical tale of addiction and redemption.

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Devil May Care: Acrobatic comedian Nick Gillette gives demon summoning a go

Storyteller and acrobat Nick Gillette is best known for his work with Almanac Dance Circus Theater, which he cofounded in 2013. But he also dabbles in comedy and demon summoning….

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO (Annenberg): Showcasing 40 years of inspiring movement

A cast of incredible movers highlights the long-term success of the company and range of the work they present.

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BLOODY MILK (dir. Hubert Charuel): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Bloody Milk is a sort of genre-less affair which could best be described as “occupational drama
dressed up like a thriller.”

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JANE (dir. Brett Morgen): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The term ‘found footage’ is typically reserved for horror, where it describes a specific filmmaking style. With Jane, the stunning documentary about conservationist, Jane Goodall, the term is a literal…

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BREATHE (dir. Andy Serkis): Philadelphia Film Festival review

What is most impressive about Breathe is its unimpressiveness. And that is a sincere compliment.

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One More Thing to Keep your Eyes Away from the Stage

cell-phoneThere should be a federal law to keep smartphones out of entertainment venues.

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IDEATION (Theatre Exile): How to succeed in business

The sterile corporate-speak of modern business pervades Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic contemporary play

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Opera in Sketch: GiariGiari Bel Canto Competition (Academy of Vocal Art)

The beauty on stage dressed every kind of part and made it possible to learn about the different styles of opera singing and acting.

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BUYER & CELLAR (1812 Productions): The way we are

This is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments. BUYER AND CELLAR is about Barbra Streisand’s basement.

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Performance in Sketch: BLACKOUTS: Twilight of Idols (Dickie Beau at the Crossing The Line Festival with Abrons Arts Center)

This US premiere of BLACKOUTS: Twilight of Idols brings together an audience on stage to witness the underbelly of The Crossing The Line Festival.