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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

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Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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DELIRIUM (EgoPo): 60-second review

At 800+ pages, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov would not seem ideally suited to theatrical interpretation.

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Fringe in Sketch: SHADOW HOUSE

SHADOW HOUSE was an impressive immersive piece

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SHADOW HOUSE (Brenna Geffers and Philadelphia Opera Collective): 2016 Fringe review 2

This site-specific installation unravels the layers of emotion and humanity that the historic Powel House contains

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

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MACHINAL (EgoPo): Welcome to the machine

A dank, metallic, appropriately oppressive feel imbues this production of Sophie Treadwell’s 90-year-old play.

Anthony Crosby and Amanda Schoonover in Simpatico’s THE IT GIRL (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

THE IT GIRL (Simpatico): Sounds of silence that still resonate

A world-premiere fictionalized bio-play on silent-film star Clara Bow captures the era and the lessons of her life and career as seen through a contemporary lens.

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K.O. DelMarcelle: Maintaining versatility with an eye on the future

Barrymore Award-nominated actress and choreographer K.O. DelMarcelle talks about her past experiences, current life, and future aspirations.

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LA RONDE (Brenna Geffers): Moving around and switching around Schnitzler

A new site-specific re-envisioning of Schnitzler’s 19th-century play brings post-modern import to his now-historic examination of socio-sexual mores.

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JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): 2015 Fringe review 57.2

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JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): 2015 Fringe review 57.1

An experimental world-premiere opera gives voice to the unsung women heroes of astrophysics at Harvard in the 1890s, with a cutting-edge score, non-linear libretto, and expressionist movement.

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2014/15 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

Local theater writers vote for their favorites in twelve categories!

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Theater’s Second Sex: Caridad Svich on playwriting as a woman, as an act of political resistance, and for the first Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

When Caridad Svich decided to be a playwright, she read every playwright in the public library. Only one of them was a woman. Svich talks to Phindie ahead of the PWTF.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Top Philly theater writer Deb Miller previews the best of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

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LULU’S GOLDEN SHOES (FLASHPOINT): A deft treatise on cruelty

This is a play that is constantly surprising, entrancing, and always a step ahead of expectations.

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Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.

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Many Goodly Creatures: Allen Radway talks THE TEMPEST, Simpatico, and fatherhood

Even a brief encounter with Allen Radway reveals the intelligence, sympathy, and generosity of spirit evident in his theatrical work. We talk to him ahead of his newest, CCTCs THE TEMPEST.