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A Moment to Remember, Minneapolis

This month I intended to write in depth about a number of exciting events that are happening in the Twin Cities, and after a fashion I suppose I will. The thing is, this month I have been reminded why all of these wonderful events are out there to be seen. It is because of the people who dedicate themselves, often for little recognition and less remuneration, to the art of …more…

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...

The Life and Work of Mark Rothko

For a limited time, Portlanders have the opportunity to not only view a retrospective of work by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) at the Portland Art Museum, but also to see a theatrical presentation at Portland Center Stage that allows a glimpse into his life.

Considered to be one of the foremost American painters of the 20th Century, Rothko spent his early years in Portland, Oregon. Immigrating from Russia in 1913 at the …more…

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…

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…

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...

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.┬áThis …more…