Melanie Julian

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PROJECT DAWN (People’s Light): The hug or the hammer

A well-intentioned but dull play about an important legal program in Philadelphia.

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SEAGULL (EgoPo): A comedy of torn hearts and thwarted dreams

The pathetically unfulfilled romantic expectations! The sad characters and absurd human comedy! EgoPo nails it, and beautifully. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

Anthony Mustafa Adair. Photography by Jacques Jean-Tiziou.

The Power of the Invisible Hand: Interview with Anthony Mustafa Adair as Dar, a Pakistani captor, at Theatre Exile

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

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THE WOMEN (EgoPo): An engaging show turns a trifle into a treatise

Clare Boothe Luce saw her 1936 play as a critique of certain malicious denizens of Park Avenue. Director Lane Savadove sees more in it.

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (PTC): A wacky spoof on a classic novel

An entertaining spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian classic injects humor and surprises into the well-known mystery.

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OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (PTC): Land, loss, and love in rural Ireland

John Patrick Shanley’s rom-com charmer is a play about feelings, expressed with an Irish lilt by two generations of neighbors in the Emerald Isle

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GINT (EgoPo): Ibsen as American folklorist

Romulus Linney’s GINT, now in an engaging staging by EgoPo Productions, does an admirable job of translating this modernist classic for contemporary audiences. Linney reworks the story so it seems to have been lifted straight from the annals of American folklore.

Kevin Chick and Melanie Julian. Photo credit: Luis Fernando Rodriguez.

BEAUTIFUL THING (Mauckingbird): Boy meets boy and love conquers all

To mark the 20th anniversary of BEAUTIFUL THING, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, dedicated to gay-themed work, begins its 2014 season with a production of English playwright Jonathan Harvey’s bittersweet comedy about…

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COCK (Theatre Exile): A Provocative Fight for Love and Identity

Finding love and self-knowledge beyond the fixed categories of sexual identity (gay, straight, or bi) is the central theme of Michael Bartlett’s COCK, now in its Philadelphia premiere at Theatre…