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Review: ‘Swallow’ at Inis Nua Theatre Company

Swallow, by Scottish playwright Stef Smith, was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015. This American premiere is produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company (which specializes in works from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland) and dazzles in its simplicity. The convincing acting, streamlined set. and compelling script make for a refreshing evening of theatre. […]

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Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents The Rachmaninoff Festival

During his lifetime, Sergei Rachmaninoff was more famous as a pianist than as a composer. Logically, therefore, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current Rachmaninoff Festival is concentrating on the keyboard. The Rachmaninoff Festival includes three separate concert programs being given over three days, with short biographical plays preceding each concert and “Russian musical salons” after each concert. […]

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Review: ‘crazy beautiful’ at FringeArts

How are dances created? What might inspire a choreographer? Specifically, how does Tania Isaac develop a dance? What role does the viewer have in it all? These are some of the questions that come to mind and are answered in Tania Isaac’s performance piece, crazy beautiful. FringeArts presents this interactive dance event for just three […]

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The Full Monty at The Players Club of Swarthmore.

Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at The Players Club of Swarthmore

The Players Club of Swarthmore brings six average Joes to the stage with its season finale musical, The Full Monty. Based on the 1997 movie featuring six British blue-collar out-of-work steelworkers, the musical version – featuring a bouncy, witty score by David Yazbek and a funny and sensitive book by Terrence McNally – transplants the […]

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Love and Information at Temple Theaters.

Review: ‘Love and Information’ at Temple Theaters

“I did tell you” “You didn’t” “I did I said Wednesday we’re going to dinner with” “But you didn’t” “Yes because I remember because you said” “All right I must have forgotten I’m sorry” “Yes you did” “I’m sorry” That’s a scene – an entire scene – from British playwright Caryl Churchill’s intriguing play Love […]

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West Side Story at The Media Theatre.

Review: ‘West Side Story’ at The Media Theatre

Earlier this season, The Media Theatre presented Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Now they’re concluding their 2016-2017 season with a production of West Side Story, the musical that put a 20th Century spin on the Bard’s story and became a masterwork in its own right. Set in New York’s Upper West Side in the mid-1950s, West […]

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Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the Forrest Theatre

When John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) were developing their gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its Off-Broadway premiere in 1998, the Berlin Wall had only recently come down (November 1989), David Bowie and Lou Reed, icons of the glam and punk rock music of the ‘70s, were still […]

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Talking Marriage and Farce with the Couples of 1812 Productions’ ‘Happy Birthday’

Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, 1812 Productions – Philadelphia’s all-comedy theater company – is now in rehearsals for its springtime offering, the local premiere of French playwright Marc Camoletti’s Happy Birthday. Adapted by British writer Beverly Cross, the rollicking door-slammer farce was a long-running hit in London, which Camoletti soon followed with Don’t Dress for […]

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Michael Biello and Dan Martin Are Grooming for the Opening of ‘Marry Harry’

Philadelphia-based artists Dan Martin (composer) and Michael Biello (lyricist) are about to make their Off-Broadway debut this month with Marry Harry at The York Theatre Company. The longtime creative collaborators and life partners are well-known in Philadelphia for their art gallery and salon sanctuary in Old City, the Biello Martin Studio, which hosts exhibitions and […]

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Review: ‘The Light Princess’ at Arden Theatre Company

A world-premiere musical adaptation of George MacDonald’s 19th-century Scottish fairytale The Light Princess, with book and lyrics by Tony Lawton and music by Alex Bechtel, is the latest offering from Arden Theatre Company’s acclaimed Arden Children’s Theatre. The full-stage production follows an earlier musical workshop reading, created by the collaborative team of Lawton, Bechtel, Aaron […]

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Review: ‘Equus’ at The Forge Theatre

Theatergoers of the 1970s will remember Peter Shaffer’s Equus as the ultimate phantasmagorical theater ride. The revolving stage, the omnipresent stage smoke, the blasting music, and the eight-foot-tall dancing horses were all used to thrust us inside the mind of a troubled young stable boy who had blinded six beautiful horses. The production at The Forge […]

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Review: ‘Bradley’s Bucks’ at Franky Bradley’s

Acrobatic, athletic, comic, and erotic, Bradley’s Bucks have it all and delivered it all upstairs at Franky Bradley’s in their latest high-energy offering. Founded, led, and directed by Teddy Fatscher and Tommy Schimmel (well-known to Philadelphia audiences for their dare-devil performances as principal members of Brian Sanders’ JUNK), the all-male resident dance troupe – comprised […]

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News Release: DCMetroTheaterArts Is Here to Stay!

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  DCMetroTheaterArts Squelches Rumors of Closing, Announces Plan for Future Leadership and Growth Staff Rallies in Response to Founding Editor’s Diagnosis, Thanks Local Theater Community for Its Continuing Support, and Vows to Keep Covering More Local Performing Arts Than Any Other Media Outlet Metro DC (April 11, 2017)—Joel Markowitz, publisher and founding editor of […]

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Review: ‘I and You’ at People’s Light

For a personal two-hander about a gravely ill teenager’s transcendental reflection on life and death through the lens of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, you need to have empathetic actors who make you care about the characters without becoming maudlin. People’s Light has them, for its Philadelphia premiere of I and You by Lauren Gunderson. Under […]

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A Conversation with Colleen Corcoran on Her Role in Devising and Performing EgoPo’s ‘Anna’

Currently performing the titular role in EgoPo Classic Theater’s Anna – an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian epic Anna Karenina, written and directed by Brenna Geffers – Colleen Corcoran has become a regular in the company’s original ensemble-devised productions, based on re-envisioning the masters for a 21st-century audience. In addition to her power to command […]

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Steve Underwood.

Interview: Steve Underwood, Director of ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure’ at Beacon Theatre Productions

Steve Underwood earned his M.A. in Theatre at Villanova University, and holds B.A. in English from Temple University. As an active writer and actor, he completed his oral thesis at Villanova in Playwriting. Most recently he wrote and performed in Melvin’s Last Ride and appeared as Advocate Rott in Beacon Theatre Productions’ mounting of Bonhoeffer’s […]

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Detroit '67 at The Stagecrafters Theater.

Review: ‘Detroit ’67’ at The Stagecrafters Theater

Two young black men stumble upon an expensively dressed but badly beaten young white woman in the ghetto. What do they do? If it’s Detroit in 1967, you certainly can’t involve yourself with the hospital or the police. Do you just look the other way? But Lank and Sly are basically good people, so they […]

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Review: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in ‘Energetic’ Music

Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s latest program with The Philadelphia Orchestra was an intelligently thought-out adventure. The central work was Alternative Energy by Mason Bates, in its East Coast premiere, and Nézet-Séguin chose two other compositions with similar subject matter. Bates focused on the uses of energy in 20th and 21st Century America, and as he imagined it […]

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