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LIZZIE (11th Hour): Lizzie Borden took an axe

This is what “stifled rage” sounds like. Not so stifled, but certainly enraged.

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Theater in Sketch: Chris Davis in ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW

The setting is Vietnam and we are just waking up at the voice of Martin Sheen.

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THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, PART 2 (Hedgerow): Infinite fun!

Familiarity with the pan-galactic Hitchhikers Guide isn’t necessary to appreciate this cosmic comedy, just a general suspension of time, disbelief and willingness to have infinite fun.

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Theater in Sketch: ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore)

This meta-play within a play is clever and ridiculous.

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Circus in Sketch: Previewing CIRQUE ELOIZE

At a sneak peak of he cast of the circus that is coming to Merriam Theater January 13-14, 2017, Cirque Eloize performed for the kids of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and brought some real laughs and smiles for all.

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ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore): Harvesting the humor in humiliation

Leave cynicism in the lobby and pick it up later

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[nyc] THE MIKADO (NYGASP): Same music, less yellow-face

A vibrant, three-hour clever and engaging tale accompanied by its many classic show-stopping musical numbers

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Intimate Associations at IMMINENCE: Hollis Heichemer’s Stratigraphy of Color at Gross McCleaf

Hollis Heichemer’s Imminence exhibition at the Gross McCleaf Gallery presents 16 works by the artist – the majority on Mylar, two on canvas.

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NICE AND FRESH Returns with Josh McIlvain, Irina Varina, Steve Lippe, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell

Philadelphia’s best revue of new performing arts returns for another season January 13 and 14, 2017, at Moving Arts of Mount Airy.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar January 2017

Wizard of Oz. November 8, 2016-January 9, 2017. Walnut Street Theatre. 825 Walnut Street. $20-$95. walnutstreettheatre.org. One-Man Apocalypse Now by Chris Davis. January 11-18, 2017. Beard Cave at St. Mary’s Church, 3916 Locust Walk. $20….

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Phindie’s Best of 2016: Our most-read articles of the past year

Among all these historic joys of 2016, Phindie continued its march as the leading site for independent coverage of Philadelphia theater and arts.

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Pantomine in Sketch: SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light)

Sleeping Beauty the Musical Panto by Peter Pryor and Samantha Reading expresses an ageless story. It is an artistic exploration into space, time, and sound.

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Choral Arts director Matt Glandorf on the Christmas Oratorio

Choral Arts artistic director Matt Glandorf shares a little about the seasonal New Years Eve concert.

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Bad Title, Good Bloopers, and Brian Sanders: PA Ballet’s REVOLUTION

Lily Kind uses a recent PA Ballet program to look at what makes a ballet a ballet and what makes a dance a dance.

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WILDE TALES (Quintessence): Where the WILDE things are

Oscar Wilde once wrote to a friend that his two books of fairy tales were intended “partly for children and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of…

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[book review] MAD TO LIVE: Randall Brown’s Literary machines of compression

Flash fiction has established itself as a literary genre whose popularity only grows as our attention span shrinks

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BORTLE 8 (Tiny Dynamite): Set the controls for the heart of darkness

Chris Davis’s imaginative one-man play gets a deservedly professional staging as part of Tiny Dynamite’s A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series

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GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER (Moscow Ballet): Dance review

The Moscow Ballet delivers all that is expected from a first-rate Nutcracker, but there are no surprises.

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THE CAROLS (1812 Productions): Ghost of past holiday movies brought to comic life

A great entertainment present for Philly’s Christmas present.