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Ian Merrill Peaks as Petruchio and Eleanor Handley as Katherina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Photos by Lee A. Butz.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (PA Shakes): Shrewd Shakespeare

A good production that benefits most when it puts farce aside and concentrates on two people using their will to create partnership and harmony

Deirdre Madigan and Michael Cullen in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): Saving the bell

We get to experience the empty pathos around a building demolition in which the faculty come together ostensibly to mourn their old school but instead wind up mourning the people they once were.

Aimé Donna Kelly, Ryan Spahn and Brandon Pierce in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  For Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): All due respect

Holter’s play calls out and subverts the “inspirational white teacher” motif in popular culture because EXIT STRATEGY avoids the Hollywoodization of the decay of America’s public school system.

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HANDS UP (Flashpoint): From micro- to macro- aggressions

As the nation mourns the victims of over-zealous policing, Flashpoint Theatre Company’s HANDS UP attempts to make sense of this injustice.

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The firstlings of their heart: MACBETH marks Revolution Shakespeare’s first full production

This fall sees Revolution Shakespeare’s first full production: a New Orleans-inspired MACBETH, from October 1-12.