Benjamin Lloyd

Antonio Fava making masks, photo by Marcella Fava

How Commedia dell’Arte Maestro Antonio Fava influenced my teaching and my life: Interview with Craig Tavani

Maestro Antonio Fava has taught Commedia dell’Arte to quite a few Philadelphia-area actors and directors, including Immaculata University instructor Craig Tavani.

“Can you read this text message…?” Jerry Perna asks an audience member, Lore Dana.

Fringe in Sketch 1: BRIGHT INVENTION IN THE ART SERIES (White Pines)

As part of Phindie’s coverage of the 2015 Fringe Festival, Aaron Krolikowski is attending a series of shows and sketching what he sees. His first drawings are from a performance…

Daniel Student contemplates his SoLow piece, The Daniel Student Gay Porn Viewing Party. Photo by Sarah R. Bloom.

Brightening Up SoLow Fest: Bright Invention takes over this year’s festival with nine original shows

Nearly a quarter of the works in this year’s SoLow Fest come from one company: Bright Invention.

Brooke Fitzgerald, Katherine Perry and Cindy Spitko in Ed Swidey's mEEp.

The Return of the mEEps (White Pines)

Ed Swidey’s mEEps return for a one-night only show at White Pines place in Elkins Park, May 9, 2014.

Benjamin Lloyd (on floor), Bruce Graham, David Edwards, Carl Wallnau, and George Deihl (back) in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR (Photo Credit: BRT Staff)

LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR (Bristol Riverside Theater): The Humor and Hysteria of 1953

Neil Simon’s autobiographical comedy, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, offers an intimate, insightful, and uproarious glimpse into his experiences as a junior writer for Your Show of Show—the influential TV program that ran on NBC from 1950-54, and was the first to incorporate sitcom sketches into the traditional variety-show format.

Promotional image for Ed Swidey’s THE MEEP PROJECT (Photo credit: Design by Sam Henderson)

Update on White Pines: A New Home and a Full Slate

On March 1, White Pines Productions, which had been without a headquarters since its displacement from historic Elstowe Manor in 2013 (read about the displacement here), happily relocated back to…

white pines productions luckiest kid review

LUCKIEST KID (White Pines): 60-second review

Philly-based playwright Martha Kemper’s memoir-based LUCKIEST KID is an achievement just this side of brilliant. Playing the protagonist and main speaker in a story of a high-school girl who sleeps…

White Pines Productions The Music You Remember review

THE MUSIC YOU REMEMBER (White Pines): An Introspective Journey through Love, Loss, and ‘60s Nostalgia

When burned-out middle-aged Professor Paul Diollio (Jerry Perna) learns via cell phone messages that he has been denied tenure, his car has been repossessed, and his girlfriend can’t take anymore…

Kim Almquist and Aaron Draper of Banana Peel Dance in a promotional image for White Pines Productions’ HAPPENING 2 (Photo credit: Courtesy of White Pines Productions)

It’s Still Happening at White Pines Productions

There’s a lot going on at White Pines Productions. Following a protracted legal battle between the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park and the Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci, White…