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David Ingram, James Ijames, and Charlotte Northeast in THE BROWNINGS. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

THE BROWNINGS (Orbiter 3): Let me count the f%&*ing ways

In a heartfelt moment, Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells her poet-husband, “I’m going to dip your cock in laudanum and fuck you til i’m high”

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS & COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD (Lantern Theater Company): Locked in limbo with literati

The Lantern team transforms an essentially all-talk playscript into an engaging, living piece of theater.

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Local playwright makes good: An interview with Jacqueline Goldfinger

It’s been a banner month for local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

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WHITE: James Ijames on PlayPenn and Playwriting

James talked to Phindie about the genesis of WHITE and its development at PlayPenn, a Philadelphia-based organization for the development of new plays.

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Under the wing of America’s most promising playwrights: PlayPenn interns speak, part 2

PlayPenn interns describe what its like to work with top playwrights.

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Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

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MARISOL (Villanova): Wake up call by golf club

José Rivera’s fantastically powerful portent of a world is fabulously riveting as directed by James Ijames at Villanova Theatre.

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AN OCTOROON (Wilma): A melodrama, a social commentary, an experience

Beyond being entertaining and thought-provoking, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s AN OCTOROON is an experience

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A KNEE THAT CAN BEND (Orbiter 3): Love and life in a hot country

In Africa as elsewhere, for queers as for everyone, life plays out messily in small tragedies and little loves.

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EURYDICE (Villanova Theatre): Death is a continuation of life

Death, as experienced in director James Ijames’s comic yet movingly evocative production of Sarah Ruhl’s play, is a continuation of life.

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How to Get Accepted into PlayPenn: Interview with founder Paul Meshejian, Part 3

How do you get your play accepted to PlayPenn? Founder Paul Meshejian gives the low down to the selection process.

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MOON MAN WALK (Orbiter 3): Interstellar overdrive

James Ijames’s MOON MAN WALK, the first offering by new playwrights’ collective Orbiter 3 presents a fantasy world and a very real story. And a manic pixie girl.

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Moonwalking on the Moon: Lindsay Smiling on Michael Jackson, Philly theater, and the inaugural production by Orbiter 3

This week marks a landmark in independent theater in Philadelphia: the inaugural production by Orbiter 3, a new producing playwrights collective. Over the next three years, the company will produce six…

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MICHAEL & EDIE (Villanova Theater): 60-second review

It’s more than the classic boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girl is cold to boy tale:. Rachel Bonds’s MICHAEL & EDIE is a whirlwind of realization, emotion, and introspection.

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The winners of the 2014 Barrymore Awards…

From about 100 entries, winners in twenty-two categories were selected by a panel of twelve judges and announced at the Barrymore Awards ceremony tonight. InterAct Theatre’s Down Past Passyunk won top…

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Orbiter 3: A new producing playwrights collective to launch in Philadelphia

A group of Philadelphia playwrights have come together to form a producing collective, Orbiter 3, to showcase their work.

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LA BÊTE (Arden Theatre Company): “Excellence Must Struggle to Survive!”

David Hirson’s riotous comedy in rhyming couplets evokes the farcical Baroque style of Molière while conveying a timeless message about high art versus low art.