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Opera Innovator: An Interview with David Devan ahead of the O17 Festival

Opera Philadelphia’s innovative general director previews the upcoming O17 Festival.

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Theater in Sketch: CORIOLANUS (Shakespeare in Clark Park)

The audience gather together on two adjacent hill sides and in the middle is a stretch of grass,

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THE NEW & IMPROVED STAGES OF GRIEF (Act II): Laughing through tears

Philadelphia’s queen of comedy takes on a dark subject with humor and heart.

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THE NERD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Larry Shue’s 1979 farce has seen better days.

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Theater in Sketch: THE ROSES IN JUNE (Seagull Productions)

Chuck Schultz reviews in words and image.

Mother Emanuel cast. Front LtR, Lauren Morgan, Christopher Augustin, Sabriaya Shipley. Back, Christian Branch. Image by Ethimo Foto.

MOTHER EMANUEL—AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PLAY (New Freedom Theatre): Taking the theater to church

New Freedom Theatre honors Emanuel Nine in new musical by creating a gospel celebration that honors their lives

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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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Theater in Sketch: HIR (Simpatico)

Simpatico Theatre Company’s production of HIR by Taylor Mac challenges audiences to reconsider preconceptions of gender identity

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

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HIR (Simpatico): We are all everything

Author’s note: Taylor Mac uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. This review reflects Mac’s preference. Taylor Mac’s work is unwieldy and absurdist, challenging and unsettling. These elements often work to…

Stephanie Iozzia and Ethan Lipkin in MAKING HISTORY. Photo by Carlos Forbes.
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MAKING HISTORY (Irish Heritage Theatre): A very human Irish history play

A great play for history buffs and hibernophiles.

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Local playwright makes good: An interview with Jacqueline Goldfinger

It’s been a banner month for local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

Flamineo (Dan Hodge) and Cornelia (played by J.J VanName) have a fight. While Vittoria (Charlotte Northeast) seems to look up to the mother Flamineo despises her for his lack of wealth. As Flamineo and Zanche (played by Lexie Braverman) are fooling around, Flamineo urges the Duke to have his way with Vittoria. Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

THE WHITE DEVIL (PAC): A bloody good thriller

PAC gives the Jacobin the veneer of a mid-20th century hard-boiler. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

Lenta (Aneta Kerova) and the Old Woman (Azetz Papadopoulou). Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

ADAPT! (Wilma): On the brink of dawn

Blanka Zizka boldly steps forth as both debut playwright and seasoned director of the semi-autobiographical ADAPT!

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

THE KING AND I and I: Interview with star of touring production

Anthony Chan spoke with Phindie about his role as Prince Chulalongkorn.

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Theater in Sketch: THE KING AND I (Academy of Music)

HE KING AND I is set in a time period of colonies and colonials.

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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, part 3

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.