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THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (DBaD Productions): 2017 Fringe review

The Fringe is an excellent place for companies to mount political protest plays

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

Sean Vermeire, Geremy Webne-Behrman, and Loretta Vasile in Mechanical’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Photo credit: Eric Singel)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mechanical): A clever take on Dickens’ holiday classic

A witty new adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas classic is performed in under an hour by a cast of three in a beautiful historic setting.

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THE MADNESS OF POE (Mechanical): A spellbinding production for the Halloween season

An original and inventive adaptation of Poe interweaves stories by the Master of the Macabre within the period rooms of Historic Strawberry Mansion.

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A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.

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MERCURY FUR (Brainspunk): The hills are alive with the sound of post-apocalyptic horror

Dystopia can be a good place to demonstrate the kinder side of human nature. Philip Ridley’s play is shocking, violent, and uncomfortable to watch, but also weirdly heartwarming.

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SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Mechanical): An authentic delight!

What better place than Philadelphia’s historic Powel House for its resident company, The Mechanical Theater, to stage this historically faithful production.