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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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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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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

(L to R) Hannah Gold and Isabella Sazak.

I AM NOT MY MOTHERLAND (Orbiter 3): A different kind of interactive theater

Encourages its audience to pay attention, and compels us into conversation afterward.

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SAINT JOAN (Quintessence): The Maid’s new clothes

George Bernard Shaw’s play is presented in rich tonalities of color, light, positioning, and sound. It is wide awake.

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BORTLE 8 (Chris Davis): 60-second review

Chris Davis’s latest twisted travelog is like Bill Bryson on acid.

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Meta-morphing Kafka’s Gregor: Interview with director Rebecca Wright in THE METAMORPHOSIS, (Quintessence Theatre Group)

Henrik Eger talks to director Rebecca Wright about her work and influences.

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THE METAMORPHOSIS (Quintessence): Leave the bug spray at home

A sensational production of Franz Kafka’s story, utilizing sound, movement, color, and light to transport the audience into the eerie world of salesman-turned-cockroach Gregor Samsa .

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LOVERTITS (Annie Wilson): 2014 Fringe review 86

The topic of Annie Wilson’s LOVERTITS is the female body. But the bodies are at turns irreverent, nonchalant, non-sexualized.

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ONDINE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Nature versus Human Nature

When Hans, a handsome but not-so-smart knight-errant of Wittenstein, meets the unbridled naiad Ondine at a fisherman’s cottage in the woods, they fall recklessly in love and marry—a union that…

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FROST/NIXON (New City Stage Company): A gripping game of psycho-political chess

New City Stage Company’s Philadelphia premiere of FROST/NIXON is anything but the dry historical debate you might expect. Under Aaron Cromie’s brilliant direction, playwright Peter Morgan’s story of the series of TV interviews conducted by faltering British talk-show host David Frost in 1977 with disgraced US President Richard Nixon is a painfully tense and surprisingly humorous cat-and-mouse game.