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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Akeem Davis, Alex Keiper, and Matteo Scammell: An Interview with the Stars of ‘Buzzer’ at Theatre Exile by Deb Miller

Theatre Exile closes its 2016-17 season with Tracey Scott Wilson’s searing drama Buzzer, which examines issues of race, class, and gender through the lens of urban gentrification. Directed…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ at People’s Light by Deb Miller

Imaginative storytelling and captivating performances at People’s Light make Dwayne Hartford’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, adapted for the stage from the novel by Kate DiCam…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: ‘Dream: A Phonograph Musical’ at Ritz Theatre Company by Deb Miller

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of its historic building, Ritz Theatre Company presents Dream: A Phonograph Musical, an original prequel to the genre of the ‘jukebox musical’ inspired b…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Review: “Witness for the Prosecution” at Bristol Riverside Theatre by Deb Miller

A grand presentation of Agatha Christie’s popular whodunit of 1953, Witness for the Prosecution, closes out Bristol Riverside Theatre’s 30th anniversary season with a bang. Directed by S…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: ‘My Funny Bone’ at Brian Sanders’ JUNK by Deb Miller

In My Funny Bone, the latest offering from Brian Sanders’ JUNK, the boundary-breaking choreographer/dancer traces the evolution of his, let’s say, “eccentric” sense of humor from chi…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: ‘The Arsonists’ at Azuka Theatre by Deb Miller

Haunting and primal, Azuka Theatre’s rolling world premiere of The Arsonists, the final installment in Philadelphia playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger’s “Southern Gothic Trilogy” (foll…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review: ‘The White Devil’ at the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective by Deb Miller

In the fall of 2010, the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective – the city’s critically-acclaimed purveyor of rarely-performed classics – burst onto the scene at the historic Broad Str…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Josh Hitchens, Diane Richardson, Molly Edelman, and Megan Edelman Discuss ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and Victorian Theatre at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion by Deb Miller

The latest offering in Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s popular Victorian Theatre presentations is a new interpretation of Anne of Green Gables, playing for four performances this weekend in the…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: ‘Marry Harry’ at The York Theatre Company by Deb Miller

If you’re in the mood for some pure light-hearted entertainment, Marry Harry, now making its Off-Broadway debut in a limited engagement with The York Theatre Company, is a delightful new m…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: ‘Baghdaddy’ at St. Luke’s Theater by Deb Miller

“Alternative facts” and “fake news” are nothing new with the current presidency; they led to the Bush administration’s justification for the war in Iraq and its still-ongoing dire …

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: ‘Return to Spoon River’ at Theatre Row by Deb Miller

Published in 1915, Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology – a collection of free-verse poems in which the deceased residents of a fictional rural town in Illinois recount episodes …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: ‘The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking’ at New World Stages by Deb Miller

Did you ever wonder what happens when “a duck walks into a bar”? Anthony Caporale (performer, playwright, and Director of Beverage Studies at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘The Reckless Season’ at TheaterLab NYC by Deb Miller

What’s so funny about suicide, cremation, drug addiction, PTSD, and familial dysfunction? Playwright Lauren Ferebee finds the dark comedy in all of that, along with the innate tragedy and …

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: ‘The Assignment’ at A.R.T./New York Theatres by Deb Miller

Socially relevant and thought-provoking, profoundly heartrending and often funny, playwright Camilo Almonacid’s The Assignment – inspired by a true story and developed by Houses on the M…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the Forrest Theatre by Deb Miller

When John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) were developing their gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its Off-Broadway premiere in 1998, the…

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Talking Marriage and Farce with the Couples of 1812 Productions’ ‘Happy Birthday’ by Deb Miller

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 …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Michael Biello and Dan Martin Are Grooming for the Opening of ‘Marry Harry’ by Deb Miller

Philadelphia-based artists Dan Martin (composer) and Michael Biello (lyricist) are about to make their Off-Broadway debut this month with Marry Harry at The York Theatre Company. The longtim…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review: ‘The Light Princess’ at Arden Theatre Company by Deb Miller

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 o…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: ‘Bradley’s Bucks’ at Franky Bradley’s by Deb Miller

Acrobatic, athletic, comic, and erotic, Bradley’s Bucks have it all and delivered it all upstairs at Franky Bradley’s in their latest high-energy offering. Founded, led, and directed by …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: ‘I and You’ at People’s Light by Deb Miller

For a personal two-hander about a gravely ill teenager’s transcendental reflection on life and death through the lens of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, you need to have empathetic actor…

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A Conversation with Colleen Corcoran on her Role in Devising and Performing EgoPo’s ‘Anna’ by Deb Miller

Currently performing the titular role in EgoPo Classic Theater’s Anna – an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian epic Anna Karenina, written and directed by Brenna Geffers – Colleen Co…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: ‘Hand to God’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company by Deb Miller

Sometimes it’s easier to let a puppet speak for you, when you know the truth about how you feel will not be well received by your small southern Christian community. That’s exactly what …

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