InterAct Theatre Company

News and reviews for InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

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Talkback in Sketch: HUMAN RITES (InterAct)

A recent performance of HUMAN RITES, a world premiere production by InterAct Theatre, featured a talk with cultural psychologist Richard Shweder, whose work inspired playwright Seth Rozin.

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HUMAN RITES (InterAct): I say tomato, you say genital mutilation

HUMAN RITES succeeds as a vehicle to tackle such hot-topic themes as appropriation and intersectionality.

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SENSITIVE GUYS (InterAct): Satirizing the dialectic of sex

What’s being satirized in this social satire? Good question, with several answers.

Daniel Barland in BROKEN STONES at InterAct Theatre. Photo by Kathryn Raines

BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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A Woman Who Dares: Interview with KC MacMillan

KC MacMillan talks about making the transition from freelance artist to administrative director, what she envisions for the next phase of her career, and what advice she has for young women who aspire to direct in Philadelphia

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Theater in Sketch: HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct)

The InterAct Theater goes behind the scenes of a working kitchen

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DOGS OF RWANDA (InterAct): We are witnesses

A gripping solo play that asks tough questions and rejects easy answers

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HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct): A sharp new play

Scene one is hilarious; scene two wipes the smile right off your face.

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!