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Review: ‘Ideation’ at Theatre Exile

Ethics, morality, self-interest, and accountability are the big issues addressed in Theatre Exile’s smashing production of Aaron Loeb’s Ideation, in a sardonic send-up of over-the-top ambition, greed, expectations, and machinations in corporate America. Directed with no-holds-barred humor and razor-sharp insight by company Founder Joe Canuso, the provocative show uses shock value to examine our core […]

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘The Groom’s a Fag; The Bride’s a Cunt; The Best Man’s a Whore; and the Maiden of Honor (Just) Hung Herself in the Closet’ by On the Rocks at The Beard Cave at St. Mary’s Church

What do you get when you mix over-the-top parody with uncensored vulgarity with pure poetry? The Groom’s a Fag; The Bride’s a Cunt; The Best Man’s a Whore; and the Maiden of Honor (Just) Hung Herself in the Closet – On the Rocks’ original “haunted wedding” fantasia, latest late-night Fringe offering, and the third and […]

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the ‘2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival’

From antiquity to the present, tragedy and drama to absurdism and comedy, masterpieces by classic playwrights to experimental ensemble-devised works by local artists, the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs the gamut over the span of eighteen days, from September 7-24, with 158 offerings throughout the city (plus another twelve shows in the Curated Fringe, and […]

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Review: ‘Lost Girls’ at Theatre Exile

For Maggie, life has been, ever since childhood, one crisis after another. Now, as a winter storm is blanketing her New Hampshire hometown, several more crises have struck at once: her car has been stolen; her rebellious 16-year-old daughter Erica has fled town – with that car; and without that car, and without any way […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #16: Best Direction, Musical Direction, and Design in Musicals and Plays in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey

The DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s Best of 2016 Direction in Productions in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and DE are: BEST DIRECTION Carl Andress for Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister at Bucks County Playhouse. Steve H. Broadnax III for The Mountaintop at People’s Light & Theatre Company. Tina Brock for Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs at Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium. Deborah Block, […]

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Review: ‘Rizzo’ at The Philadelphia Theatre Company

A thunderbolt hit Philadelphia last night in the form of the play Rizzo. The quake was made memorable not only by the superb playwriting of Bruce Graham and the multi- megaton production by Philadelphia Theatre Company and Theatre Exile, but by the exquisite timing. Opening just after the first presidential debate and running through the […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Birdie’s Pit Stop (and the tribe of queers who fucked everything up)’ at On the Rocks

Camp and kitsch reign supreme in On the Rocks’ Birdie’s Pit Stop (and the tribe of queers who fucked everything up), an outrageously funny world-premiere parody of the horror genre and the second installment in “The Dead Teenager Trilogy” by hot young Philadelphia playwright Haygen Brice Walker. Company Co-Founder Elaina Di Monaco directs the over-the-top […]

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Lover, Wife, and Murderess—EgoPo’s Stunning ‘Machinal’: Interview with Director Brenna Geffers: Part 1

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, considered one of the most important Expressionist plays in the United States, premiered on Broadway in 1928. Inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder, who was convicted of and executed for murder, this dark play captivated audiences and earned accolades from its inception, including Burn Mantle’s The Best Plays of 1928-1929. […]

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‘Watership Down’ at Simpatico Theatre Project and Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Resident Project (MPiRP) in Philadelphia

Watership Down, adapted by John Hildreth from Richard Adams’ novel of the same title, is far away from the world of reality, rich with metaphor and symbolism. Originally produced by Lifeline Theatre, Chicago, IL in 2011, Watership Down addresses such issues as religion, war, government, and free will in its Philadelphia premiere. As a collaboration […]

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‘Rizzo’ at Theatre Exile in Philadelphia

Technically speaking, Rizzo isn’t a great play. Bruce Graham’s new play about the life of the late Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo doesn’t dig deeply enough into what made its main character tick. The show’s framing device, using a single day in Rizzo’s final political campaign as a way for him to reminisce about his life, […]

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They’re Back! 2014 Barrymore Awards Nominations Announced for Excellence in Theatre for the Greater Philadelphia Region

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm The Merriam Theater · 250 S. Broad Street · Philadelphia, PA 19102 Followed by an After-Party at The Kimmel Center TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at 12 NOON The Barrymores are back! During the 2013/14 season, which ran September 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, an all-volunteer team of […]

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