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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (PTC): Just another queer tragedy

If you like your gay stories trite and tragic, this is the play for you.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

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HAND TO GOD (PTC): The human comedy with sock puppets

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

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FOUND (PTC): 60-second review

If you’ve ever seen an inscription in a used book and envisioned the person who wrote it, or stumbled upon a note meant for someone else and marveled, FOUND is speaking to you

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RIZZO (PTC): A larger-than-life life onstage

An entertaining work about a compelling character, RIZZO displays pitfalls common to biographical drama.

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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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SEX WITH STRANGERS (PTC): Turn the page

Laura Eason’s play raises some interesting questions about love and art, but it is largely uninterested in exploring them.

Deirdre Madigan and Michael Cullen in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): Saving the bell

We get to experience the empty pathos around a building demolition in which the faculty come together ostensibly to mourn their old school but instead wind up mourning the people they once were.

Aimé Donna Kelly, Ryan Spahn and Brandon Pierce in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  For Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): All due respect

Holter’s play calls out and subverts the “inspirational white teacher” motif in popular culture because EXIT STRATEGY avoids the Hollywoodization of the decay of America’s public school system.

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K.O. DelMarcelle: Maintaining versatility with an eye on the future

Barrymore Award-nominated actress and choreographer K.O. DelMarcelle talks about her past experiences, current life, and future aspirations.

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Reflections on Playwriting: A personal interview with Walt Vail, one of Philadelphia’s most experienced playwrights

Part two of a multi-part interview with one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prolific playwrights.

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Sixty Years of Philadelphia Theater: Interview with playwright Walt Vail

Tracing 60 years of theater history in Philadelphia through the eyes of one man.

Henry Clarke, Matt Zambrano, and Ron Menzel in Philadelphia Theatre Company's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

BASKERVILLE (PTC): The adventure of the omnipresent detective

Ken Ludwig’s idea of turning a Sherlock Holmes story into a comedy isn’t groundbreaking, which means the execution of the idea needs to be really good to stand out

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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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DISGRACED (PTC): Talking politics, religion, and culture

Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play is a conversational piece with a high-paced ending and plenty of thought-provoking ideas.

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BITTER HOMES AND GARDENS (Bearded Ladies at PHS Pop-Up)

The Bearded Ladies latest show is planted full of good ideas, some of which germinate, some of which reach farther than they can comically travel, and some of which die on the vine.

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MURDER FOR TWO (PTC): It’s all in the timing

Timing is everything in this 90-minute madcap whirlwind satire of Agatha-Christie-style whodunits.

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BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) (PTC/Long Wharf): Telling an urban tragedy

An admirable attempt to address the contemporary and timely tragedy of urban violence that doesn’t quite manage to ring true.

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Bill Irwin, Billy Porter, and Anna Deavere Smith: Theatre Masters at PTC

World-renowned comic actor Bill Irwin kicks off of on-stage interviews with some of the major theater artists this Monday, February 16