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DRACULA: A GOTHIC MYSTERY (Mechanical Theater): Magnificently mesmerizing at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Mechanical Theater has succeeded in reviving Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Sketches of Ives: IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING

Here’s what Chuck Schultz saw at the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives.

IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING features Andrew Carroll, Jennifer MacMillan, and David Stanger as chimps in “Words, Words, Words” (Photo credit: Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

ALL IN THE TIMING (IRC): Six fast and funny existentialist shorts

A collection of six short one-act comedies address the existentialist dilemma and pose the ubiquitous question, “What if?”

Troubled marriage with Andy Joos and Julia Wise in ALTAR CALL.

ALTAR CALL (Melissa McBain): “Theologically speaking, have you ever considered going to hell?”

ALTAR CALL begins and ends with hymns, not only setting the mood but, through carefully chosen songs, it sends out thought-provoking messages

Gil Johnson (left) and Peter Andrew Danzig. Photo by Andy Joos.

Pope fever continues with ALTAR CALL

Random Acts of Theater and the Liberty Education Forum are riding the wave of Pope fever with the Philadelphia premiere of Melissa McBain’s ALTAR CALL,

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Mechanical): A rapid-fire current view of Shakespeare’s “merry war”

Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy is given a new look and a quick pace in Mechanical Theater’s delightful production, performed at Society Hill’s historic Powel House.

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That’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man: RAW ONION REVIVAL (IRC) actors become their own critics

Every actor has experienced theater critics who got things a little wrong. Here’s their chance to peel their own onion.

Rott (Steve Underwood) interrogates Bonhoeffer (Chase Byrd) against swastika background. Photo by © James Jackson.

A Theologian and the Nazis: Interview with Mary Ruth Clarke, playwright of BONHOEFFER’S COST (Beacon Theatre Productions)

We spoke to Mary Ruth Clarke her thought-provoking play based on an extraordinary German theologian who worked for the anti-Nazi resistance.

The innocent Bonhoeffer (Chase Byrd) holding hands with his naïve fiancée (Anna Lou Hearn) with Klopstock (Adam Hammet) on duty, but not interfering. Photo by  © James Jackson.

BONHOEFFER’S COST (Beacon): 60-second review

A serious drama about the last year and a half of a short, fascinating life.

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A Day to Play: P&P’s 24-Hour Play Festival

The festival features plays created from scratch in just one day. It won’t be polished, but it should be fun.

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LIVING IN EXILE: A RETELLING OF THE ILIAD (Philadelphia Experimental Theatre Ensemble): Fringe Review 68

LIVING IN EXILE presents a compelling reinterpretation of the Trojan War; playwright Jon Lipsky’s script draws directly upon the Homeric tradition of oral recitation.