Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

News and reviews about the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

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The Bastard of KING JOHN: Carlo Campbell on Revolution Shakespeare Fringe offering

Rev Shakes’ annual mainstage productions begin the final weekend of the Fringe and showcase a sensibility at home in the festival

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Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

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Our Revels Now Are Ended? Philly Shakes takes a break

Fans of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre were dismayed to receive this letter from artistic director Carmen Khan. It looks like this season will be the last in a while. We wish the best to Carmen and everyone at the company.

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TWELFTH NIGHT (Philly Shakes): What you will!

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre demonstrates Shakespeare’s continued relevance with a well-choreographed comedy of contemplation.

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MACBETH (Philly Shakes): Blood should have blood

This is a solidly accessible MACBETH, with comprehensible delivery and an easy-to-follow story—the kind of Shakespeare you go see with your high school class.

"Kiss me, Kate": Aaron Fitzpatrick and Jenna Kuerzi in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): A woman moved

In her amusing staging of Shakespeare, director Carmen Khan focuses on the compromise, interplay, and transformative power of love which make up a mature relationship.

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KILL WILL (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): 2015 Fringe review 54

Seven actors explain, enact, and parody a series of Shakespeare’s “bloody bits” in this fast, furious, and funny mash-up of The Bard’s iconic death and battle scenes.

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TILL BIRNAM WOOD… (John Schultz): 2015 Fringe review 3

Shakespeare blindfolded: In the darkness, Shakespeare is illuminated.

Promotional image for Sam Tower + Ensemble’s 901 NOWHERE STREET, with Emilie Krause (Photo credit: Lauren Tuvell)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Top Philly theater writer Deb Miller previews the best of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

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Lecture, Talkback, Slam! Upcoming events at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Philly Shakes is offering audiences a mid-spring series of supplemental events on three Sundays in April and May.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): What fools these mortals be!

Philly Shakes’ production isn’t afraid to embrace the wonderfully silly and naughty aspects of Shakespeare, and the approach works like a charm.

Othello (Forrest McClendon) puts his whole focus on Desdemona (Lauren Sowa) as they greet each other upon his arrival in Cyprus in the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre production of Othello. Photo by Chris Miller, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

A Love Made in Shakespeare: Valentine’s Day performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are giving each other greeting cards, buying each other flowers, and teaming up for a one-night-only concert of music and performance.

J Hernandez as Iago in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Othello, 2013 (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

J Hernandez: Feeling the Love in Philadelphia!

J Hernandez has been a constant presence on Philadelphia stages his acclaimed portrayal of Iago in a 2013 production of Othello. Phindie spoke to the Texas native about relocating, being a Latino actor, and why he loves Philly theater.

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HENRY V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Bringing history to life and making learning fun

Aaron Cromie brings his inimitable brand of wit and insight to this exuberant interpretation of HENRY V.

Melissa Dunphy stars in iHAMLET at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Photo credit: Kendall Whitehouse) 

iHAMLET (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Fringe Review 28

Robin Malan’s iHAMLET, a stripped-down contemporary one-man adaptation of Hamlet, is performed in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Fringe production by one impressive woman. Actor/musician/composer Melissa Dunphy displays a remarkable command of the non-linear script, not once misspeaking a word of her 55-minute solo performance.

Josh Kachnycz as Berowne in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. Photo credit: John Bansemer.

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Philly Shakes): Cromie finds a feast of language and comedy

Under Aaron Cromie’s creative direction, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST captures the playfulness of the Bard’s early comedy in a fluid romp.

Ama Bollinger stars in Chris Davis’s ANNA K (Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Deb Miller’s 15 Top Picks for the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Phindie will provide more Philly Fringe Festival coverage than any publication in the world! Coverage begins with 15 picks from star Phindie writer Deb Miller.

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ROMEO AND JULIET (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): A Love to Die for

They’ve known each other for what—a couple of hours? Already they’re crazy in love, and they’ll steadfastly love each other against all odds. A love to die for. One of the world’s most celebrated and enduring love stories, ROMEO AND JULIET, is currently on stage at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Philly Shakes): A Shakespeare comedy that’s actually funny

When presenting Shakespeare comedies, companies often forget that they should be funny. This is not the case with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, one of the…

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OTHELLO (Philly Shakes): Grumpy Professor Review

OTHELLO by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre at 21st and Sansom, is quite an excellent show. Carmen Khan, the director, really gets perfect diction from every actor in every word of…