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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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ROMEO & JULIET (Media): A Rose of any other name

The lights show a bare stage; the set is two dilapidated buildings with scaffolding. The curtains intermittently change from day to night with a transient light. The place is Verona,…

Ben Dibble as John Adams and xxx as Abigail in 1776 The Musical. Photo by Maura McConnell

1776: THE MUSICAL (Media): Not your textbook history production

1776 will make you laugh, might even make you cry, and will most certainly be more enjoyable than the lectures of your middle school history teachers.

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THE SISTERHOOD (Mauckingbird): Queering Moliere

It doesn’t take a Moliere scholar to enjoy these zany characters, brilliantly brought to life by the ensemble.

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THE SISTERHOOD (MAUCKINGBIRD): A delightful hi-brow comedy skewers hi-brow pretensions

While some plays are heavy three course meals, THE SISTERHOOD is definitely dessert.

Tony Braithwaite and Susan Riley Stevens. Photo by Bill D'Agostino.

ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN (Act II): How to write a script

Act II opens its new season with a bang with Bruce Graham’s ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN

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BILOXI BLUES (People’s Light): Coming of age in WWII

Though entertaining as a comedy, BILOXI BLUES contains an important message about fighting “the good war” abroad, while many struggles against injustice remain on the home front.

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HOT ‘n’ COLE: A Cole Porter Celebration! (Mauckingbird): What a swell party it is

Get yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Porter’s musical repartee and stylish insinuation, the swell costumes, and the sophisticated atmosphere.