Earlier this month the guide to the 20th Fringe Festival came out, and we told you to start marking off which of the 1,000 performances you want to check out. Now you can watch trailers — live. Tonight is Scratch Night at FringeArts, a works-in-progress series where Philly artists test out material, giving the audience a look at what goes into developing a new show. It’s free, though donations are suggested. Read more »
On Monday morning, Theatre Philadelphia announced the nominees for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and the highly competitive list illustrates just how far our theater scene has come. Read more »
The Pirates of Penzance @ Randall Theater at Temple University | Through September 4
In Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s queer adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Frederic and Mabel meet on the high seas and instantly fall for each other, but no one can fathom “the strangeness of their heterosexual love” — including Mabel’s father, the Major-General. Read more »
Long before Ray Didinger was an award-winning sportswriter, Comcast SportsNet commentator and WIP host, he was an eager kid trotting after Tommy McDonald, No. 25, at Eagles training camp, spouting off the wide receiver’s stats and hoping to carry his helmet.
Year later, Didinger started crossing paths with his boyhood hero as a writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Daily News, and the two formed a close friendship. But it wasn’t until McDonald was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 that he revealed their long-ago connection.
Didinger turned the story of that friendship into his first play, Tommy and Me, produced by Theatre Exile and premiering tonight at FringeArts. The show’s full run is already sold out.
McDonald, now 82, answered our questions about seeing the play, asking Didinger to present him at the Hall of Fame and being a lifelong Eagles fan. Read more »
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Philadanco Founder’s Day Concert @ Dell Music Center
All three Philadanco companies are taking part in this dance show: the professional company that performs nationally and all over the world, D/2, the apprentices who stay local (for now), and D/3, the young aspiring dancers. You’ll also get to see Philadanco alumni doing Suite Otis, a ballet set to the music of Otis Redding. Read more »
Acclaimed as “audacious” by the New York Times, the Philly-based contemporary dance company that gathers inspiration from garbage plunges into a deep dumpster of spectacle. Garbed in snorkels and goggles, the dancers gyrate under the sea and in the air, suspending from lyras and swaying on ladders. Read more »
Some members of Philadelphia’s live arts community have co-signed an open letter raising concerns about a local production of the 2012 play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. Read more »
On Monday, May 9th, Sam Jacobson (Stargazy) and dinner theater are coming to Joncarl Lachman’s Neuf. Billed as a “strange and sumptuous evening,” this night of underground dinner theater is $25 per person and includes three courses plus something called “Violence of the Lambs & Cockatrice.”
The menu includes roasted cauliflower, Moroccan-spiced lamb and chocolate bark with pistachio. But you’ll have to read the full menu to get a feel for the theater portion of the evening.