InterAct Theatre Company

News and reviews for InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Bi Jean Ngo and Mina Kawahara in YOU FOR ME FOR YOU. Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU (Interact): Sisters in different worlds

This thoughtful production changes how we see the world and ourselves

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Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

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GROUNDED (InterAct): The killing screens

GROUNDED is a tale for our times: war is most hellish when it resembles office life, reality is most profound rendered in pixels.

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Drone Warfare Hits Home: Kittson O’Neill on InterAct’s GROUNDED

Kittson O’Neill plays a fighter pilot and expectant mother living in a desert suburb in the U.S. Southwest, controlling weapons which kill people in a distant foreign desert.

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THEN ATHENA (Allentown Public Theatre): 2016 Fringe review 18

A devised piece that addresses the roles of women in combat with both earnestness and humor

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Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

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STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (InterAct): Rattling cages…

Young Jean Lee’s brave societal exploration brings out the issues of privilege among, you guessed it—straight white men.

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THE NETHER (InterAct): Lolita in Nether-land

Accompanying sketches by Aaron Krolikowski, thesketchbookreporter.com.

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#THEREVOLUTION (InterAct): The vapid rebellion

What would happen if a bunch of early-20-something city-dwelling music-video-watching lower-middle-class variously privileged poorish Americans launched a violent revolution against the state?

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Phindie Loses a Contributor: Remembering Allison Rickert, writer, editor, and mensch

Before she passed away at the age of just 24, Allison Rickert contributed several delightful articles to Phindie. Henrik Eger offers this personal tribute to a talented writer lost before her time.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

And the Winners Are… 2015 Barrymore Award winners

2015 Barrymore Awards recipients by award category

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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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THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN: What would a Christ for today be like?

If Jesus were to appear today, what form would he take? A loving son of God, a Marxist activist, or a corporate exec who wants everyone to be rich?

Frank X and Sally Mercer in InterAct’s UNCANNY VALLEY (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

UNCANNY VALLEY (InterAct): What makes us human?

Post-modern technology collides with human ethics in InterAct Theatre Company’s revolving world-premiere production of playwright-in-residence Thomas Gibbons’ UNCANNY VALLEY.

Becca Khalil, one of the actors in YOUNG VOICES.

YOUNG VOICES MONOLOGUE FESTIVAL 2015 (InterAct): The maturity of Millennials

Baby Boomers are certain that Millennials are nothing but lazy, uncultured slackers. The YOUNG VOICES FESTIVAL blasts that idea into smithereens.

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): Western sympathies come up against African cruelties

Jen Silverman’s play tells the story of a young woman who has moved to London to escape the dangers of being a lesbian in South Africa.

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): 60-second review

A thrilling, thought-provoking, wonderfully heart-wrenching play now receiving its world premiere by InterAct Theatre Company.

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Pretty Mbane and “Corrective Rape”: Traveling around the world with playwright Jen Silverman

Henrik Eger interviews Jen Silverman about her world premiere play THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE! and the issues it raises.

Justin Jain and Bi Jean Ngo in InterAct’s CAUGHT (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

CAUGHT (InterAct): On the nature of art and truth

When artful deceptions permeate an artist’s life, it casts doubt on everything we believe but never really knew.

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CAUGHT (InterAct): The truth is just a lie

CAUGHT marks the first entry into InterAct’s season of all-new plays. What a great start.