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WHITE FEMINIST (Lee Minora): 2018 Fringe review

A no-holds-barred look at the ways in which white feminists, with the best of intentions, don’t always walk even their own talk.

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LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY (Irish Heritage Theatre): 2018 Fringe review

A version of this review was also published on Foley Got Comped. Irish Heritage Theatre is purely a labor of love. All of the company members have day-jobs, rehearse 25…

Bradley K. Wrenn and Lee Minora.

This Info Will Fucking Dare You: Mary McCool, Brad Wrenn, and Lee Minora bouffon it up at Plays & Players this Fringe

If you dig imaginative and funny collaborative solo shows, Plays & Players theater is the place to go this Fringe Festival.

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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.

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SCHOOL PLAY (Tribe of Fools): SoLow review

A hilarious and heart wrenching ode to that little trouble-making anti-hero.

The Boyle matriarch, Kirsten Quinn as Juno, with Ethan Lipkin as her husband Captain Jack, and Kevin Rodden as son Johnny. Photo by ALEXIS MAYER AND ARMEN PANDOLA

Peggy and the PAYCOCK: Interview with Peggy Mecham of Irish Heritage Theatre

Henrik Eger interviews Peggy Mecham about JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, the second part of playwright Sean O’Casey’s “Dublin Trilogy”.

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CORIOLANUS (SHAKESPEARE ROULETTE) (Reject): Not your average tragedy

This chaotic opus reaches Monty Python levels of absurdity one would never associate with Shakespeare’s own overlooked tragedy reject.

Jeanne Sakata (Photo by Lia Chang)

However Painful the History: Interview with Jeanne Sakata, playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (P&P)

One of the most shameful aspects in modern US history took place during World War II, when large numbers of Japanese-American citizens of all ages, including babies, were forced to…

Bob Weick stars as Howard Zinn in VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Being Howard Zinn: Interview with Bob Weick, who plays the historian in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Plays & Players)

Henrik Eger interviews Bob Weick, who is taking on the role of the brilliant, if much maligned Howard Zinn in VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

John Doyle, director of VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Quince Productions’ GayFest! kicks off with HEAD OVER HEELS

Philadelphia’s first and largest LGBTQ theater festival, GayFest! by Quince Productions, returns this August 5-23 to Plays and Players Skinner Studio. Opening this year’s festival is the The Bang Group’s HEAD OVER HEELS, a high energy mix of concert dance, slapstick, and musical theater in a cabaret setting. Artistic director and choreographer David Parker took time with me to offer some insights into the dance and his New York City dance ensemble’s interests in creating the piece.

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SOLOW FLASH INTERVIEWS 2014, EPISODE FIVE: Meredith Sonnen, Sam Henderson and Asaki Kuruma

SoLow Fest 2014 sweeps the city this June. Floods of performances. Floods of performers. Get swept up!

To give you a clearer picture of what’s in store, freelance writer/performer Julius Ferraro conducts a series of flash interviews of our artists.

This episode we have Ingrid Bergman in South Philly, theatrical memoir on Vine, and porn at Quig’s.

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Is there money in theater? Where does it come from? Who gets it?

Phindie looks at tax returns for local theaters to see how much they brought in from what sources. We also look at who the best paid employee was for each “non-profit”.

THE DISAPPEARING QUARTERBACK (Plays and Players) tackles football’s deadly foible

Yesterday morning, I received an email from the National Football League. I get these every day, more or less—updates from NFL.com on what’s happening around the league, who’s injured, who’s…

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Tax time. Is there any money in theater?

Like the rest of us, theater companies have to file taxes. This tax day, we look at some information from the most recent publicly available tax returns (generally 2012) for some major and independent Philadelphia companies.