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Veronica Nardo (left) and Caroline Dooner in GYPSY at Arden Theatre Company through June 25th.  Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn

Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.

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THE CAROLS (1812 Productions): Ghost of past holiday movies brought to comic life

A great entertainment present for Philly’s Christmas present.

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A NEW BRAIN (Horizon): Getting a new lease on life

Theatre Horizon’s production of William Finn’s autobiographical musical comedy is filled with off-beat humor, powerhouse vocals, and a life-affirming message.

Jenna Horton gets truthy in THE SINCERITY PROJECT. Photo by Jen Cleary.

THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine Performance Corporation): 2016 Fringe review 19.2

THE SINCERITY PROJECT treats sincerity like a destination as intangible as a hyperobject is immeasurable—a destination to approach but never arrive at.

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THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine Performance Corporation): 2016 Fringe review 19.1

Uproariously funny, liberatingly bare-assed, and gut-wrenchingly real

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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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THE STINKY CHEESE MAN (Arden): No cheese smells this good

It’s hard to know what to expect going into a children’s theater show, but this adult was quite honestly blown away.

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LOBBY HERO (Theatre Horizon): A web of unintended consequences

Kenneth Lonergan’s new play explores the many levels of trust.

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HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden): The sweet rewards of hope, understanding, and kindness

A world-premiere stage adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s 19th-century children’s story delivers a clear message about the importance of kindness and understanding.

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Rhythm on Tap: Take It Away Dance premieres CROSS RHYTHMS

Take It Away Dance’s latest full-length project is one of a series of contemporary tap performances the group has presented since 2007

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THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST, PART I (PAC): A pirate adventure “worth gold!”

Thomas Heywood’s ridiculous rip-roaring romantic romp across the high seas of the English Renaissance is the latest in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s acclaimed productions of rarely seen classics.

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INTO THE WOODS (Theatre Horizon): Agony is ecstasy

Theatre Horizon tackles Steven Sondheim’s alternative take on fairy tales.

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THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine): Real bodies doing real things

THE SINCERITY PROJECT uses honest dialogue and candid storytelling to blend truth and creative license into a deeply resonant piece.

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Opens this week, runs through 2028: THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Team Sunshine), a 24-year experiment

Can theater be sincere? What does it mean to reveal personal secrets onstage? Is truth a form of performance? Find out.

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THE SCREWTAPE LETTTERS (Lantern): 60-second review

The Lantern Theater Company’s remount of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C.S. Lewis is a sizzling show from hell. Kathryn Osenlund’s 60-second review