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THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (EgoPo): A superbly acted historical anecdote

EgoPo Classic Theater continues its foray into classics of American drama with a focus on female playwrights.

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A Woman’s World: A conversation with Brenna Geffers, Lane Savadove, and Adrienne Mackey on bringing a new focus on women to Philadelphia theater

For the theme of its 2015–16 season, EgoPo Classic Theater has announced it will honor American female playwrights: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.

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Intergenerational Theater, part 2: Penelope Reed on working with a young director in ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

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Intergenerational Theater, part 1: Kittson O’Neill talks about directing the veteran cast of ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow)

In this two-part series, Henrik Eger talks to Penelope Reed and Kittson O’Neill about their intergenerational collaboration in Hedgerow Theatre’s ON THE VERGE.

Jennifer Summerfield, Maryruth Stine, Penelope Reed in ON THE VERGE at Hedgerow Theatre. (Photo credit: Ashley LaBonde of Wide Eyed Studios)

ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow): Self-discovery in the land of the unknown

There are so many layers to uncover in this work. It is a smart and clever piece; more performance art with humor and drama than a traditional comedy.

The cast of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's RHINOCEROS.

Give the rhinos a chance: Interview with the actors of Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS

I asked cast members of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), Philadelphia’s absurdist theatre (since 2006), founded by artistic director Tina Brock, what Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS brought up for them as actors and as people. The range of responses is as astounding as this production. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this Phindie interview.

Ethan Lipkin stars as Bérenger in the IRC’s RHINOCEROS (Photo credit: Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org)

RHINOCEROS (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2014 Fringe Review 5

Director Tina Brock brings spot-on casting, lightning-quick pacing, and non-stop hysteria (of both the panicked and hilarious varieties) to Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s FringeArts production of Eugène Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS. The devastating consequences of mindless conformity, social apathy, and turning a blind eye to a growing threat are the important themes of the darkly comic Theater of the Absurd masterpiece.

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Foley’s Fringe Binge 2014: 20 Shows in 20 days. Who’s On First?

Theater writer Jessica Foley is seeing 20 Fringe plays in 20 days. Why is she starting with Ionesco’s Rhinoceros?

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Hedgerow): I hated Jane Austen, but I love this

I took a seat on one of the long, cushioned benches at the unusual Hedgerow Theatre, a grist mill from the 1800s, for the opening night of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Satisfied that at least I was introduced to such a beautiful place, I wondered what Jane Austen was going to smother me with this time.