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Review: ‘The Craftsman’ at Lantern Theater Company

Guilty or not guilty? And of what crime? An intriguing real-life episode from 20th-century Art History provides the basis for The Craftsman, Bruce Graham’s latest world-premiere play commissioned and presented by Lantern Theater Company as part of its New Works Initiative. Directed by M. Craig Getting and featuring a dream cast of Philadelphia all-stars, the […]

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Previewing ‘The Craftsman’ at Lantern Theater Company: An Interview with Artistic Director Charles McMahon and Playwright Bruce Graham

Philadelphia theater-goers have something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving month. Bruce Graham’s latest play The Craftsman, commissioned and developed through Lantern Theater Company’s New Works Initiative (as mentioned in my last interview with Graham in May 2016), will begin previews on November 9. The subject is one that has fascinated the Lantern’s Co-Founding […]

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Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at Lantern Theater Company

A scarlet curtain lines the stage of the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London with a controversy lurking on either side. Outside, angry Londoners flood the streets protesting the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act just recently passed in Parliament. Inside, the cast of Othello objects to the addition of Ira Aldridge, one of the first high […]

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Here are the 2017 Barrymore Awards Nominations

The nominations for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre for the 2016-17 season have been announced by Theatre Philadelphia. A total of 23 companies were recognized across 27 categories. 22 of the categories are determined by a group of 60 nominators and 12 judges, all theatre professionals. Five special awards (F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging […]

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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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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: ‘Coriolanus’ at Lantern Theater Company

Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s least-performed plays – probably because it doesn’t fit easily into any of the standard Shakespearean categories. It’s a tragedy, but one without the epic sweep of Othello, Hamlet or Macbeth. Those shows earned their fame by grappling with huge issues and significant figures; Coriolanus deals more with the concerns of the […]

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Review: ‘Constellations’ at The Wilma Theater

In Constellations, what happens is just as important as what might have happened. Nick Payne’s play concerns two young people who meet, fall in love, quarrel, break up, reunite, get engaged, and deal with a life-changing disease. Or maybe not. Maybe none of that happens. Or only some of it does. And that’s what makes […]

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Review: ‘Informed Consent’ at Lantern Theater Company

Jillian, the main character of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play Informed Consent, is a genetic anthropologist – a scientist who has studied DNA for years and is still amazed at what she learns from it. She marvels at what DNA tells us about how similar people are. “All humans are 99.9 percent the same genetically,” she […]

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Review: ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ at Lantern Theater Company

A wordy drama from the 19th century about capitalism, duplicity, and women’s role in English society. Sounds like it might be rather tough to get through, doesn’t it? Well, don’t be fooled. George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession may have a lot more talk than action, but Director Kathryn MacMillan’s production is positively lively and […]

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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: ‘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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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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Review: ‘Oscar Wilde: From the Depths’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

Oscar Wilde: From the Depths, Charles McMahon’s new play about the darkest period in Wilde’s life, is a play that’s brimming with intelligence and insight, and it’s beautifully performed and sometimes quite affecting – but like Wilde’s life, it feels unfinished. The new play by McMahon, Lantern Theater Company’s Artistic Director, covers the tumult that […]

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‘Photograph 51’ at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia

Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 kicks off the Lantern’s 2015-2016 with a bang. Set in London 1953, this 2008 play tells the story of Dr. Rosalind Franklin and her surrounding colleagues racing to discover and theorize the structure of DNA. Ziegler, a nationwide-produced playwright, uses an interesting technique of reality versus the narration of outside characters.  […]

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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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