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Review: ‘Empanada For A Dream’ at 1st Stage

Proust may have had his mother’s madeleine, but Juan Francisco Villa has his mother’s empanada to stir up memories of his gritty, hard scrabble childhood in New York’s City’s Lower East Side. It was a traumatic childhood like few others I have witnessed on local stages. Villa’s Empanada for a Dream at 1st Stage is an […]

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A performance of The Beast in the Bayou. Photo courtesy of Enchantment Theatre Company.

Interview: Landis and Jennifer Smith Discuss ‘The Beast in the Bayou’ to play at Wolf Trap July 6-7th and Penn’s Landing July 11th

The great thing about fairy tales is their malleability. Fairy tales have been around for millennia and are often transported from country to country, morphing with each region and time that they inhabit. Enchantment Theatre Company carries on the proud tradition of adopting fairy tales with it’s latest piece of children’s theater, The Beast in […]

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John Jiler on 11th Hour Theatre Company’s Next Step Concert Series’ Performance of ‘Big Red Sun’ in Philadelphia

Big Red Sun, the post World War Two-era musical Georgia Stitt and I are developing at the 11th Hour Theatre Company of Philadelphia, began life at the Stephen Schwartz ASCAP workshop ten years ago. We came away with the coveted Harold Arlen Award, but with some cautionary advice…….”Only one musical in twenty,” said Stephen, “is original——-which is […]

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