Philadelphia theater calendar

Philadelphia Theater Calendar February 2017

What’s on stage this month in Philadelphia?

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LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Walnut): Funny, morbid, timely, and of a time

Theatergoers who long for the good ol’ days of pre-political correctness will love it. Everyone else, just enjoy the ride.

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Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

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Dance eXchange (BalletX): Handing wings to our future

Through performance, we how to keep our boundaries and respect each other, sharing what we love and cherish

(l-r) Tom O'Keefe, Edmund Lewis, Eric Tucker, and Andrus Nichols in HAMLET. Photo by Jenny Anderson

HAMLET (Bedlam Theater Company): “Shakespeare’s most underrated comedy” is at McCarter in Princeton

Bedlam’s imagination and the energy of their acting make their production stand out.

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A Winter in the Life of J.S. Bach

This February, Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the Winter segment of the 1734-1735: A Season In The Life of J.S. Bach.

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Dance in Sketch: DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS (NextMove)

oug Varone and Dancers presented three different dances

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Matt and Matt: A conversation with one-man comedy duo Matt Holmes

In Matt&, Philly improv comedian Matt Holmes performs with an audience member. The show runs every month at 7pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at the new Good Good Comedy Theatre.

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CONSTELLATIONS (Wilma): Love in the multiverse

“We have all the time we ever had.”

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O’Neill, and Samantha Bowling, Photo credit: Mark Garvin.

INFORMED CONSENT (Lantern): A strange kind of ethics

The play has a compelling point to make about the diversity of truth and mutual respect, but in the end, it’s difficult to take the argument seriously.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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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.