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Theater in Sketch: CORIOLANUS (Shakespeare in Clark Park)

The audience gather together on two adjacent hill sides and in the middle is a stretch of grass,

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

Photography by Alexander Iziliaev.; Pictured: Zachary Kapeluck

SUNSET, O639 HOURS (BalletX): A ballet masterpiece

Like other masterpieces of ballet, SUNSET, O639 HOURS grows by itself and lets the dancers grow.

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GUARDS AT THE TAJ (Theatre Exile): Beauty and brutality join hands

The debate central to Rajiv Joseph’s absorbing new play isn’t just talk: when you lose this one, you really lose.

Chloe Felesina, Zachary Kapeluck and Company in Nicolo Fonte's "Beasts". Photo by Bill Hebert

FALL SERIES 2015 (BalletX): Nature and nurture through breathtaking dancers

BalletX, kicks off their inaugural 10th season with the Fall Series 2015 with a world premiere by internationally acclaimed choreographer, Nicolo Fonte.

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ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and CINEtica): 2015 Fringe review 50

Eleven skilled performers play crew or actors on the set of a Colombian TV show about 1980s American drug pilot and adventurer Barry Seal.

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Lantern): 60-second review

The adaptation appropriates the ludicrous plot points and outlandish characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s opus for a fast and fun theatrical comedy.

Andrea Yorita (and musicians) in Matthew Neenan's "Increasing" Photo by: Bill Hebert

Fall Series (BalletX): Darkness on the edge of ballet

BalletX’s Fall Series features three disparate dances united by evocative lighting schemes and the genre-stretching beauty of movement which characterizes the company.

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RED-EYE TO HAVRE DE GRACE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental): New York Theatre Workshop sees a reshaped Philly Fringe hit

I have taken the train up from Philadelphia to the New York Theatre Workshop to see how RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE has fared since I last saw it. I had discovered it in the Philadelphia Live Arts workshop production in 2005. Between that iteration and the world premiere at Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2012, an evolutionary process took place.

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THE TRAIN DRIVER (Lantern): A haunting look across the tracks

There’s something haunting Roelf (Peter DeLaurier) in the Lantern Theater Company’s atmospheric production of Athol Fugard’s THE TRAIN DRIVER. Disturbed by the memory of a young woman and baby “pulverized”…

Alex Keiper and William Zielinski in DOWN PAST PASSYUNK. Photo by Kathryn Raines.

DOWN PAST PASSYUNK (InterAct): Theater ‘wit’ a taste of South Philly

I once heard then-governor Ed Rendell give some cheesesteak advice: for the real deal don’t go to one of the big name line-around-the-block places, go to a food truck or your local deli and get one made-to-order. I was thinking about this truism and our prevailing infatuation with authenticity as I watched A. Zell Williams’s world premiere production of DOWN PAST PASSYUNK at InterAct Theatre.

Marcia Saunders, David Ingram. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Wilma Theater’s CHEROKEE impresses, in a way

John, a baby boomer, patriarch, and oil exec who has spent his life gaining, has lost quite a lot in a short period of time: his job, his health, even…