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IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN (Walnut Street Theatre): Longing for a time that never was

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN takes us back to a kinder, gentler time when people could burst into song for no reason whatsoever.

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Jacob Tischler Stops In Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Jacob Tischler returns to Philadelphia for the song and dance extravaganza, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.

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NOISES OFF (Walnut St): Hi-jinks prevail

The chestnut sails in Frank Anzalone’s production of NOISES OFF at the Walnut Street Theatre, but not consistently.

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in A STEADY RAIN in Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin

A STEADY RAIN (Walnut St): An intense and engrossing cop show

If you’re a fan of TV police procedurals this is the play for you.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Walnut): A bell rings

If you’re in the mood for a misty-eyed, life-affirming moment, It’s a Wonderful Life is the show for you.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Walnut): A funny thing is happening now at the Walnut

Sondheim’s classic musical in a new production is directed by Frank Ferrante.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Walnut Street Theatre): 60-second review

The promise of “something for everyone” is both too little and too much.

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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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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Walnut): A trivial comedy for serious people

Walnut Street Theatre’s delectable production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST finds just the right tone and style.

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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.

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LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Walnut): Funny, morbid, timely, and of a time

Theatergoers who long for the good ol’ days of pre-political correctness will love it. Everyone else, just enjoy the ride.

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Welsh Christmas in Philadelphia: Interview with the cast of Walnut Street Theatre’s A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: Interview with Aaron Cromie, Scott Greer, Maggie Lakes, Matthew Mastronardi, and Amanda Jill Robinson

Cast of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas In Wales at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (Walnut Street): 60-second review

Written by Welshman Dylan Thomas in the 1950s, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES is every nostalgic Christmas trope with song thrown in, and it’s totally delightful.

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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.

Alison T. Chi and Ben Michael in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

SOUTH PACIFIC (Walnut): A pleasure among the palm trees

One of the great Broadway musicals, SOUTH PACIFIC is always a pleasure.

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Taken Hostage By a Play: Interview with Ian Merrill Peakes on THE INVISIBLE HAND

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

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RODEO (Quince): “Who you calling a lady?”

Throw your preconceived notions about gender aside and ride your own exasperated mule to Quince Productions’ staging of RODEO.

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[photo essay] Reverse Cowgirls and Hot Cowboys: Quince presents RODEO by Philip Dawkins

Photographer John Donges was at a recent run-through of RODEO, a fun family friendly play by Chicago writer Philip Dawkins.

Aaron Cromie and Ian Merrill Peakes in Walnut Street Theatre’s PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Walnut): A wacky look at the backstory of Peter Pan

An outstanding ensemble recounts the backstory of Peter Pan in a madcap prequel with music.

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Learning the Art of Acting at the Walnut Street Theatre

Instead of choosing a pub to enjoy a happy hour, Jasmine Hammond and her students of the Introduction to Acting for the Camera class spend their Friday nights learning about the art of acting in the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.