Philadelphia

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Will this be on the test?

The Berserker Residents take us back to school

Shelley Butler and Patrick Ross at PlayPenn. Photo by John Flak.

Beyond PlayPenn: Former conference interns come into their own

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.

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LEPER + CHIP (Inis Nua): More booze than the Bard

A fast-paced shaggy dog tale of love and revenge, told mostly in dueling monologs of Irish brogue

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

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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.

Carla Belver, Kevin Meehan and Nancy Boykin in JOHN by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. Running at Arden Theatre Company through February 26. Photo by Mark Garvin.

JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

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Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O’Neill, and Samantha Bowling, Photo credit: Mark Garvin.

INFORMED CONSENT (Lantern): A strange kind of ethics

The play has a compelling point to make about the diversity of truth and mutual respect, but in the end, it’s difficult to take the argument seriously.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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Pantomine in Sketch: SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light)

Sleeping Beauty the Musical Panto by Peter Pryor and Samantha Reading expresses an ageless story. It is an artistic exploration into space, time, and sound.

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Amanda Palmer meets Lizzie Borden

The NYC-based producers of an Amanda Palmer musical welcome cast members from 11th Hour Theater Company’s Lizzie for a one-night-only collaboration.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light): Festive wake-up

The Grimmish fairy tale kingdom is transformed to Paoli Shoals, a town depressed by the collapse of a once-thriving recording industry

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Six Questions for Six Directors: John O’Hara’s 12 CHAIRS gets a revamped production

Female-centric theater group ReVamp Collective presents 12 CHAIRS.

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MYSTERY IN THE HOUSE OF USHER: A POE TALE (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): A morbidly fun affair

The spirits of Edgar Allen Poe’s tales come alive in the historical Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.

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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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CARRIED AWAY (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): 2016 Fringe review 47

Bridging the gap between dance and physical theater, CARRIED AWAY delivers an exciting, heartfelt, and stimulating crowd-pleaser.

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View of the performance, Levée des conflits extended / Suspension of Conflicts Extended in the series, “Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures.” October 25, 2013 through October 27, 2013. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographer: Julieta Cervantes. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

LEVÉE DES CONFLITS (Boris Charmatz): 2016 Fringe review 7

Between chaos and synchronicity, individualism and collectiveness, exists the human search for life without conflict.

Jeff Coon. Photo by  Andrew Joos.

Summer Club: Swinging on the Shore

This weekend, while the cheese-steak crowd is piling into Wildwood, sophisticated Philadelphians go on their annual pilgrimage to Cape May to experience the latest program of The Summer Club.

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Comedic Self-flagellation and Rodent-skin Jackets: Interview with CHINCHILLA COATS creator Chris Davis

Chris takes his deranged soliloquy about a drunken, under-sexed, 34-year-old man-child to the Edinburgh Fringe.