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Friday, August 11, 2017

‘No Ransom To Be Paid’ at Pangea: An Update on ‘GRINDR: The Opera’ and More with Erik Ransom by Deb Miller

Featured this summer in producer Ed Miller’s No Ransom To Be Paid four-part series at Pangea, the presented works of writer/composer/musician/actor Erik Ransom include songs from More Than…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: ‘A Never-Ending Line’ at The Players Theatre by Deb Miller

Conceived by Composer and Director Jaime Lozano as a loving tribute to the women in his life and his matriarchal upbringing, A Never-Ending Line, produced by Maribel Escobosa, Martha Orendai…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: ‘Lili Marlene’ at St. Luke’s Theatre by Deb Miller

Taking its name from the romantic wartime ballad famously recorded by Marlene Dietrich in 1945, and which, in its earlier German and English versions, had become uniquely popular with both N…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: ‘Gruff!’ at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre by Deb Miller

Part of the first Summer Family Theater Festival at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Gruff!, a co-presentation by Vital Theatre Company and Doppelskope, is everything that great children’s theat…

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: ‘A Real Boy’ at 59E59 Theaters by Deb Miller

In the world premiere of A Real Boy, presented by Ivy Theatre Company in association with Athena Theatre at 59E59, playwright Stephen Kaplan significantly reimagines Italian writer Carlo Col…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: ‘Georama’ at the New York Musical Festival by Deb Miller

The rise and fall of the largely forgotten 19th-century American artist John Banvard is the subject of Georama, an irresistible bio-musical by West Hyler (book) and Matt Schazt (book, music,…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: ‘Troilus and Cressida’ at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival by Deb Miller

Since 2011, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has presented one play a year in its “Extreme Shakespeare” series. The concept is to try to recreate in part the process believed to hav…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review: ‘Wicked’ at the Academy of Music by Deb Miller

From its origins in L. Frank Baum’s1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to its adaptation in MGM’s blockbuster 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to its annual TV broadcast on CBS beginning in …

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: ‘Moon over Buffalo’ at People’s Light by Deb Miller

Now in production at People’s Light, Ken Ludwig’s Moon over Buffalo, directed by Pete Pryor, contains all the expected elements of a farce: there’s mistaken identity; insult humor; imp…

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

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 F…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: ‘New York – The Melting Pot’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street by Deb Miller

The first in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s three-part musical celebration of the history of diversity in New York – The Melting Pot pays tribute to Lower Manhattan, from Battery Park …

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: ‘Night Tide’ at the New York Musical Festival by Deb Miller

Ancient sea lore meets Sixties beach party in Night Tide, a new musical parody by Taylor Tash (book and lyrics) and Nathania Wibowo (music), based on Curtis Harrington’s 1961 B-movie thril…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

An Interview with Josh Hitchens and Ryan Walter: Going Dark in the New Jersey Fringe with ‘The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer’ by Deb Miller

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer committed the shocking murders of seventeen men, involving necrophilia, dismemberment, cannibalism, and the preservation of the victims’ body parts. A…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: ‘Alligator Pie’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street by Deb Miller

Adapted from the verses of beloved children’s book author and poet Dennis Lee – known to generations of fans as “Canada’s Father Goose” – Soulpepper Theatre Company’s ensem…

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Review: ‘Cage’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street by Deb Miller

The avant-garde work and Zen convictions of 20th-century American composer John Cage are the inspiration for Soulpepper Theatre Company’s ensemble-devised piece Cage, performed in this mo…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: ‘Matthew McConaughey Vs The Devil’ at the New York Musical Festival by Deb Miller

Deserving recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actor, or modern-day Faust who sold his soul to capture Hollywood’s biggest honor? Emilie Landmann (book), Carrie Morgan (book and lyrics),…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review: ‘The Summer Club: 3rd Anniversary Special’ at Venice Island Performing Arts Center by Deb Miller

Back at Manayunk’s Venice Island Performing Arts Center, The Summer Club celebrated its third anniversary on a very hot night with an even hotter performance. With yesterday’s total brea…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: ‘Of Human Bondage’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street by Deb Miller

The first-ever stage adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, written by Vern Thiessen and directed by Albert Schultz for Canada’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, is also the re…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: ‘The Crusade of Connor Stephens’ at the Jerry Orbach Theater by Deb Miller

Gun violence, socio-religious intolerance, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption are some of the current hot-button issues that tear apart a family, polarize a community, and create a media fr…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: ‘The Imbible: Day Drinking’ at New World Stages by Deb Miller

Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of work, everyday chores, and the incessant pings of your digital devices? Then don’t just find the time, but make the time, for getting together, catchi…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: ‘Death Comes for the War Poets’ at The Sheen Center by Deb Miller

This year marks the centenary of the beginning of America’s involvement in World War I in 1917, and The Sheen Center has recognized it with the stellar world premiere of Death Comes for th…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: ‘d4rkly your retrorockets fl4re’ at the Flamboyán Theater by Deb Miller

The world-premiere full-stage production of d4rkly your retrorockets fl4re, written by Steven Mark Tenney and co-directed with his sister Susan Tenney, is presented by The Constellation Proj…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: ‘The Summer Club’ at Venice Island Performing Arts Center by Deb Miller

In his banter with the audience during last night’s musical homage to Swing, Big Bands, and ‘The Rat Pack’ at Manayunk’s Venice Island Performing Arts Center, Jeff Coon, Executive Di…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: ‘Evita’ at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival by Deb Miller

The life of Eva Perón is the stuff legends, and rock operas, are made of: a rags-to-riches story of a poor illegitimate child from provincial Argentina, whose ambitious determination, seduc…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: ‘An Enemy of the People’ at Wheelhouse Theater Company by Deb Miller

Economic self-interest, an ‘inconvenient truth,’ a ruthless politician, a whistleblower, ‘fake news,’ closed-door meetings, a bureaucratic cover-up, the refusal to work together for …

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: ‘Fun Home’ at the Forrest Theatre by Deb Miller

Winner of five Tony Awards in 2015 – including the first-ever Best Musical honors given to a show written entirely by a team of women – Fun Home, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kro…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rockwell, Warhol, and Warhola: A Conversation with James Warhola about Three Generations of American Illustrators at the Norman Rockwell Museum by Deb Miller

Though a generation apart in age, Norman Rockwell (1894 New York City-1978 Stockbridge) and Andy Warhol (1928 Pittsburgh-1987 New York City) captured the tenor of their respective eras of 20…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

From ‘Class Clown’ to Master of Clowning and Circus Arts: An Interview with Terry Brennan on Tribe of Fools’ ‘School Play’ by Deb Miller

Founder and Artistic Director of Tribe of Fools, Terry Brennan is back on stage this month in the Philadelphia SoLow Fest, with his company’s latest offering School Play. The original one-…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: ‘Gypsy’ at Arden Theatre Company by Deb Miller

Since its debut in 1959, Gypsy, which closes out Arden Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season, has retained its popularity as one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, filled with such …

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ at Vineyard Theatre by Deb Miller

“I’ve made bad choices. And I’ve made them . . . knowingly,” says 27-year-old Tanya – a single mom and bar waitress in a South Jersey beach town – in the opening scene of…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: ‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company by Deb Miller

It seems counter-intuitive that a play about a missing fourteen-year-old boy could be in any way funny or uplifting, but The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by…

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