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Louisa May Alcott and the Civil War: A tale at an historic house

Local playwright Josh Hitchens has interpreted a Civil War story by Louisa May Alcott.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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MYSTERY IN THE HOUSE OF USHER: A POE TALE (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A morbidly fun affair

The spirits of Edgar Allen Poe’s tales come alive in the historical Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.

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The Mechanical Theater Brings RICHARD III to Laurel Hill Cemetery

A dark and emotional 90-minute production of Shakespeare’s bloody history of war, murder, and blind ambition is performed outdoors by a cast of six on the grounds of a 19th-century cemetery.

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A Room with a View: Jennifer Summerfield talks THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

Jennifer tells us how and why she staged this haunting tale of one woman’s mental collapse.

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The Mechanical Theater Discusses its New Site-Specific Take on ROMEO AND JULIET

The cast, director, and artistic director of Mechanical’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s classic give a sneak peek at their original site-specific adaptation.

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LITTLE WOMEN (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A sincere and sentimental view of female life in Victorian times

An intimate site-specific adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Victorian novel captures the humor and pathos of the book and the look and feel of the era.

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): 60-second review

Suffering from a “temporary nervous depression,” a woman is locked away in a large house by her husband, with only the wallpaper to keep her company.

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Arming GABLER: Prop designer Paul Kuhn talks about his work on HEDDA GABLER

Paul Kuhn is perhaps the finest designer in Philadelphia’s independent theater. He tells Phindie about his prop design for a site-specific production of Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER.

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A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.

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HEDDA Gets Styled to Rock: Interview with designer Autumn Kietponglert

TV-famous fashion designer Autumn Kietponglert created a gorgeous mourning dress for an upcoming production of HEDDA GABLER.

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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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MERCURY FUR (Brainspunk): The hills are alive with the sound of post-apocalyptic horror

Dystopia can be a good place to demonstrate the kinder side of human nature. Philip Ridley’s play is shocking, violent, and uncomfortable to watch, but also weirdly heartwarming.

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JEFFREY DAHMER (BrainSpunk): A chilling conversation with a serial killer

BrainSpunk Theater’s premiere full-stage production will keep you spellbound, stunned, and sickened

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Sherlock Holmes at Home in Northwest Philadelphia: THE VALLEY OF FEAR at the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion

Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective stories are well suited to stage, with strong characters, a firm setting, and delicious plot lines.

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Making Dreams Happen: The closing of the Shubin Theatre

The much-loved little Shubin Theatre is closing. Rich Rubin shares his memories and thoughts.

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STOKER’S DRACULA (Josh Hitchens): 60-second review

Josh Hitchens delivers a spine-chilling tour de force in his solo dramatization of one of the world’s most terrifying horror stories.

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TILL BIRNAM WOOD (John Schultz): Fringe Review 30

One way to focus on the extraordinary eloquence and drama of Shakespeare’s language is to eliminate all visual distraction, and that is precisely what John Schultz has done in TILL BIRNAM WOOD—a rapid-fire 55-minute adaptation of Macbeth that is performed before a blindfolded audience.

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SOME ARE PEOPLE (Quince, GayFest! 2014): Summer loving is no drag

SOME ARE PEOPLE is about summer people. Those people who come into our lives for a time and then go back to wherever they came from, leaving us changed forever.

Jennifer Summerfield and Peter Zielinski as Nora and Torvald in the site-specific Victorian setting of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion's A DOLL'S HOUSE. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

A Doll’s House (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): 60-second review

It’s hard to imagine a better set design for Henrik Ibsen’s devastating feminist classic than the living room of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Victorian House Museum. Period furniture and details…