InterAct Debuts New Gay-Themed Play, Ritu Comes Home

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David Bardeen and Jered McLeniga in “Ritu Comes Home.” Photos by Plate 3/Kathryn Raines.

Last night, InterAct Theatre Company world-premiered its latest show, Ritu Comes Home, at the Adrienne Theater. The story follows Brendan and David, an affluent gay couple who live happy, carefree lives in Bryn Mawr, well, until their Bangladeshi “adopt a day” daughter Ritu shows up.

I had a chance to sit down with Brooklyn-via-New Jersey playwright Peter Gil-Sheridan over the weekend to chat about the show, why he set in Philly, where the inspiration comes from, and then we make some funnies about Venture Inn.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Mysteriously Cancelled Before Debut

Destiny's Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Destiny’s Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? Photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.

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Barrymore-Winning Actor James Ijames Puts On A New Hat: Playwright

Barrymore-winning actor James Ijames.

Barrymore-winning actor James Ijames.

James Ijames wears a ton of hats: Barrymore-winning actor, director, and now playwright. His play, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, has its world premiere staging at Flashpoint Theatre Company in June.  The always charming Philadelphia resident took some time to chat with us about his work as a writer, his definition of America’s “original sin,” and why he’s just scandalized by the television series Scandal.  Read more »

May Theater Guide: What’s Opening On Stages This Month in Philadelphia

Our guide to what’s happening on Philly stages in May.



Looking for something else? We’ve compiled a good list of local events happening now through June in our Philadelphia Event Listings. Check it out here.

Bank Forecloses on Suzanne Roberts Theatre

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A bit of shocking news from South Broad Street. Just a couple of blocks and a couple of weeks away from the street’s biggest development in a while — the opening of Jose Garces’ jaw-droppingly expensive Volver inside the Kimmel Center — comes news that the bank is foreclosing on Suzanne Roberts Theatre, home to Philadelphia Theatre Company and the legacy of Suzanne Roberts, wife of Comcast founder Ralph Roberts. Read more »

Lantern Theater Company’s 2014 / 2015 Season Lineup

Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in Lantern's current production, The Train Driver. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in Lantern’s current production, “The Train Driver.” Photo by Mark Garvin.

Lantern Theater Company released its 2014/15 lineup and, true to form, it’s full of classics, modern faves, and its signature revisions of both. Expect fresh takes on Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and mark your calendars for a Tom Stoppard masterpiece, and John Patrick Stanley’s award-studded Doubt.

For planning-ahead purposes, we offer capsule reviews of each show below:

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