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Angels in America at the Wilma

Angels in America: two parts, two seasons

Kate Czajkowski and Luigi Sottile in the Wilma Theater's Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches

Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, one of the city’s leading playhouses, is concluding its 2011/12 season with Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. The first part of Tony Kushner‘s acclaimed two-part saga exploring love, sexuality, and politics at the height of the AIDS crisis opens tonight.

The year is 1985.  In New York City, Roy Cohn, the politically …more…

Savage Love

A Philly theater double header this Saturday

One of the best things about the annual Philly Fringe festival  is the opportunity to see several works of performing arts in one day or evening. I remember a few years ago catching a show by a troupe named after Andy Warhol’s shooter in an old city coffee shop at 6pm then wandering behind Carpenter’s Hall for an 8pm show of two short plays set on a park bench, acted …more…

Hannah Tsapatoris MacLeod in Women of Fire and Blood

Two Philadelphia companies take Medea in new directions

The story of Euripides’s third place finish in the 431 B.C. Athens Dionysia festival is one to warm the hearts of unsung writers everywhere. The great Greek tragedian finished behind two now-forgotten playwrights for his telling of the older myth of Medea, wife of Jason (of Argonaut fame). In Euripides’s version, Medea kills her own children in revenge after being spurned by her husband. The Athenian audience may not have been ready …more…

Simpatico Theatre Project The Black Monk

Simpatico concludes its Philadelphia season with David Rabe’s THE BLACK MONK

“She began dressing, too. Only now, looking at her, Kovrin realised the danger of his position — realised the meaning of the black monk and his conversations with him. It was clear to him now that he was mad.”  —Anton Chekhov, “The Black Monk” (1894)

Timeless works such as The Seagull and Uncle Vanya confirm Anton Chekhov’s reputation as a master playwright, but to lovers of literature the Russian writer’s greatest …more…

4SW showcase

Live from Philadelphia… it’s 4SW Live! (FREE)

4SW Productions is launching onto the Philadelphia theater scene with a showcase of short comedic plays next Monday in the third-floor space at Plays & Players theater. ...more...

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Twelfth Night at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre opens its 15th Anniversary Season with Twelfth Night. Directed by Artistic Director Carmen Khan, the production promises to be a fun look at this irresistible romantic comedy. ...more...

Brat Productions A 24-hour Bald Soprano

Philadelphia’s BRAT Productions makes the theater of the absurd even more absurd

Eugene Ionesco’s absurdest masterpiece The Bald Soprano (“La Cantatrice chauve”) ends as it begins: with an Englishwoman talking about french fried potatoes. Her husband isn’t listening, but this failure of communication is small fry compared to the complete breakdown in language and logic that takes place between these scenes. The dialog becomes separated from reality, sentences begin sensibly but devolve into nonsense, the characters talk in disconnected platitudes culminating in …more…

Playdaters, courtesy Lens Spark Photography

A Valentines Playdate in Philadelphia

“First dates are stressful,” says the postcard for Matchbox Theatre Projects Valentines Day special, The Playdaters. As we all know, the 100th date can be just as fraught.

Whether it’s your first or your 1,000th date, this play is a good bet for Valentines night. Written by Milwaukee-based playwright Neil Haven, The Playdaters received rave reviews on runs in Wisconsin and Chicago (Haven’s “nose for apt situations and gift for one-liners.. …more…

Joe Turner's Come and Gone at Plays and Players

African American History Month, onstage in Philadelphia

I’m writing this on February 4th, on what would be Rosa Parks 99th birthday. Parks herself is represented onstage in Philadelphia tonight, at the end of the musical The Scottsboro Boys at the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre. ...more...

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Annual Philadelphia show salutes seminal TV comedy

Now in its sixth year, 1812 Productions’ This Is The Week That Is has become a cherished Philadelphia theater tradition. Described by 1812 artistic director Jennifer Childs as “the Carol Burnett Show meets The Daily Show,” This Is The Week That Is takes on local and national politics with satirical wit and musical numbers. The script changes yearly—even nightly—but the result is a consistently acclaimed evening of laughs.

"It is our …more…


Wild Bunch in Wild Punch in Kensington

California transplant John Rosenberg opened the Papermill Theater in an old (you guessed it) paper mill in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, it’s been host a number of entertaining productions by his own company, Hella Fresh Theatre, including a recent collaboration with nearby Walking Fish Theatre on a short play festival. ...more...

The hilarious Jennifer Summerfield in Plays and Players' Pardon My Invasion

Fun new theater at Plays and Players in Philadelphia

Running through November 19, Joy Cutler’s Pardon My Invasion continues a rich traditional of fun theater at Plays and Players. Tucked away on the quiet residential Delancey Street a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Plays and Players was organized by Mrs. Otis Skinner in 1911 as a “Little Theater” to fill the void left when larger productions moved on to the more cosmopolitan allure of New York City. This …more…


Meanwhile . . . a noir-spoof mystery at the Ruba Ballroom

Philadelphia has quite the noir pedigree. It was home to William McGivern, author of the source material to such hard-boiled classics as Rogue Cop and The Big Heat, and David Goodis, whose Philadelphia-set novel Down There was adapted (relocated to Paris) into the seminal French new wave film Tirez sur le pianiste (“Shoot the Piano-Player”) by director Francois Trauffaut. Dashiell Hammett even lived here for a couple years before creating iconic noir characters Nick …more…

Rothko in his studio

“I see dead artists”: Haley Joel Osment returns to Philly in PTC’s RED

Rothko in his studio, 1964

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has used Philadelphia and its environs as the setting for all of his critically acclaimed films, most famously his 1999 breakthrough movie, The Sixth Sense, which starred 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment as a child who can “see dead people.” Osment has returned to the city as a mature actor to take a major role in Red, a fictional biographical drama about painter …more…