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The Annual Christmas “Cash Cows”: Cultural demands or financial survival for new productions?

Is the Christmas period still a financial savior for their theaters and choruses.

Lyam David Kilker (who shares the role with Bejamin Snyder) as Oliver and Jacob Entenman as The Artful Dodger. Photo by Shawn May.

OLIVER! (Quintessence): Eat gruel, get pickpocketed, and become an orphan

Stepping back to a Victorian workhouse with Quintessence Theatre Group.

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HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Vulcan Lyric): A cult classic whose time may have passed

A revitalized opera company offering musical performances in Philly in the summer is a good thing. But maybe some things just aren’t funny anymore, like teen suicide, gay jokes, and trying to blow up a school.

John Jackowski, Jessica Doheny, Maureen Corson, and Paul McElwee star in Ritz Theatre Company’s GOD OF CARNAGE (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

GOD OF CARNAGE (Ritz): Funny fissures in the façade of civilization

In GOD OF CARNAGE, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s 90-minute award-winning black comedy, it doesn’t take long to demonstrate the old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,…