Bank Forecloses on Suzanne Roberts Theatre


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

Our guide to the best of what’s opening on Philly stages in April.

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

Dr. Anonymous Opens in L.A. With All Kinds of Philly Connections

A masked TK at the 1972 American Psychiatric

A masked Dr. John E. Fryer at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association convention.

Tomorrow night psychiatrist, playwright and Penn graduate Guy Fredrick Glass will see his latest work, Dr. Anonymous, open at L.A.’s Zephyr Theatre. And, despite debuting clear across the country, the thing is bursting with one Philly connection after another.

The play is set in Philadelphia, and inspired by the moment when Temple professor Doctor John E. Fryer (aka Dr. Anonymous) stood in front of the 1972 American Psychiatric Association (APA) convention with a mask on his face and proclaimed that he was gay. His actions are what eventually led to the APA’s decision to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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7 Things to Do in Philly This Week:
BLEED, DJ Bloodfaceman, and Other Things to Get Your Juices Flowing

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on this week through May.

Philly Playwright Shares Her Fourth Grade Journal in Dear Diary, Bye

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Playwright Ellie Brown at 9 years old.

For Philly playwright Ellie Brown, having her fourth grade diary not only discovered but read aloud is the stuff of dreams — and I’m not talking the horrifying “showing up to school in your underwear” variety. She’s happily sharing her pre-adolescent secrets with the world in her upcoming play, Dear Diary, Bye. And, as if that doesn’t already sound crazy enough, the dialogue will be performed by a 22-year-old man. Wha?!

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