Author Archive | Deb Miller

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Review: ‘In the Community Garden of Earthly Delights’ by The Renegade Company in Philadelphia

  Director/creator Michael Durkin takes his inspiration for The Renegade Company’s latest site-specific performance, In the Community Garden of Earthly Delights, from the famous painting by turn-of-the-16th-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. Presented in partnership with Spirit Forward, the immersive event is in the format of a choose-your-own-path promenade-style pop-up cocktail party in which the audience […]

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Playwright Bruce Graham Discusses His Artistic Process and Thought Process for “White Guy on the Bus”

Following its premiere at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2015, White Guy on the Bus, a new work by Philadelphia’s prolific award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, comes to Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, before moving Off-Broadway to 59E59. The dark and disturbing drama considers the socio-economic inequities, raging anger, and lack […]

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Review: ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Opera Philadelphia

Unrequited longing for a capricious woman of a higher social class can only be cured by a magic potion, or so thinks the lovesick Nemorino when he overhears Adina, the object of his affection, reading aloud the romantic medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde. Soon afterwards, an itinerant charlatan just happens to arrive on the […]

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Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington

Patterned Oriental carpets, richly aged dark wood paneling, a tufted leather sofa and a tapestry upholstered chair, an exotic collection of art, curiosities, and taxidermy specimens, and other traditional appointments place us in the world of an exclusive private club in London, 1879. Gentlemen scholars and scientific explorers, in three-piece suits and well-trimmed facial hair, […]

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Review: ‘Lacey Ward: Girl Detective’ at The Phenomenal Animals in Philadelphia

The first of Robert Cousins’ four-part series on fictional teenage sleuth Lacey Ward makes its Philadelphia debut with the Phenomenal Animals in a short six-performance run. Self-described as a “less-than-wholesome Nancy Drew parody” in the format of “a choose-your-own-adventure performance,” Lacey Ward: Girl Detective is an ambitious concept that doesn’t live up to its intriguing […]

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A Conversation about Women and Aging with Jennifer Childs and Harriet Power of 1812 Productions’ ‘I Will Not Go Gently’

Reaching middle age and beyond has long been a topic for popular commentary on the human condition, from the commonplace that “Growing old isn’t bad when you consider the alternative” to Bette Davis’s famous observation that “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” 1812 Productions’ producing artistic director and co-founder Jennifer Childs is joining in […]

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Preview: A Unique Partnership for ‘He Who Gets Slapped’ by the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

When the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) decided to schedule He Who Gets Slapped for its mainstage production of spring 2016, the all-classics company recognized the opportunity it offered to forge an exciting partnership for the show with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Russian playwright Leonid Andreyev’s little-known and rarely produced dark comedy, now celebrating […]

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‘ShakesBEER: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Manayunk Theatre Company in Philadelphia

Sir John Falstaff would be proud! Manayunk Theatre Company’s one-night script-in-hand-and-beer-in-the-other-hand staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the sixth in its quarterly ShakesBEER series, with this one moved from Lucky’s Last Chance to the larger space of Manayunk Brewing Company to accommodate the growing number of followers. In the spirit of New York’s […]

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Review: ‘Rumors’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA

There’s nothing like a door-slammer farce for pure escapist fun and Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Rumors provides just that. When the show premiered in 1988, the playwright revealed that he was going through a rough time in his life (the death of his son-in-law and the end of his marriage), so he […]

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Review: ‘Richard III’ at People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, PA

Shakespeare’s bloody history of Richard III, presented in a stunning production at People’s Light and Theatre Company, is filled with blind ambition, violent power struggles, and remorseless killings, with the end goal of gaining control of the embattled English throne. Director Samantha Reading sees in the story of the 15th-century King parallels to our own […]

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Review: ‘The Women’ at EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia

If your best friends’ husbands were cheating on them, would you tell them? Or would you tell everyone else? The second installment of EgoPo Classic Theater’s 2015-16 “Season of American Giants II” is a reimagined version of The Women, a scathing comedy of [bad] manners by Clare Boothe Luce, which skewers the deplorable behavior rampant […]

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Liz Filios Takes on Shakespeare in ‘As You Like It’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

A multiple Barrymore Award winner, Liz Filios has twice been recognized as Best Actress in a Musical for her lead roles in Midsummer [a play with songs] at Inis Nua Theatre Company in 2014–the same year she received the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist–and for Passion at the Arden Theatre Company in 2015. In addition […]

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Erik Ransom Discusses his Staged Reading of ‘More Than All the World’ on March 15th at York Theatre Company in New York City

Known for his bold cutting-edge artistry and glam-rock/drag personae, Erik Ransom commands the stage as a singer, musician, and actor, and behind the scenes as a composer, lyricist, and playwright. Among Ransom’s past successes, as both creator and star, are Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions, in which he takes an irreverent post-modern look […]

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