Japanese Actor Makoto Hirano Calls Lantern Theater’s Julius Caesar Racist

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Lantern Theater Company is in the middle of a run of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar at St. Stephen’s Theater. The setting is medieval Japan.

The City Paper didn’t like it. Inquirer critic Toby Zinman wasn’t much of a fan, calling the show “intriguing and frustrating.” And now Philadelphia theater artist Makoto Hirano, a native of Japan and samurai descendant, has deemed the show “racist.” Read more »

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

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BrainSpunk Theater presents a classic by iconic playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible). All My Sons opened on Broadway in 1947, and won Miller a Tony and Drama Critics Circle award. It tells the story of the Keller family, in a post-WWII American town. The father, Joe Keller (played by Jaron Battle), is forced to confront dark secrets when his son falls in love with the daughter of his former business partner, who, it warrants mentioning, is in jail. Feb. 22–March 9, $15, Sky Box at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

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REVIEW: Opera Philadelphia’s Ainadamar Underwhelms

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Photo by Fernando Daniel Fernandez.

Five actors shoot three characters at point-blank range on a stage. Then the executioners break into a choreographed flamenco number immediately after, firing their guns to the beat of the music.

You might think I’m describing some sort of variation on the “Springtime for Hitler” sequence in Mel Brook’s The Producers, where we are supposed to laugh at the absurdly developed (on purpose, mind you) theatrical production about the Nazi regime.

But you’d be wrong.

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Top 5 Must-Dos This Week in Philly: An ’80s Dance Party, Grimm With a Twist and More

Every Monday we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead.totally wesome 80s party

Local artists Ellie Brown, Seth Reichgott and Arlen Hancock are throwing a party tonight at Quig’s Pub to raise funds for their production of Dear Diary, Bye. The play is based on a journal Brown kept in 1984, so they’re calling the shindig Totally Awesome ’80s Party and planning all kinds of  decade-specific shenanigans, like karaoke, dancing and even some ’80s-themed cocktails (Jack and Crystal Pepsi, perhaps?) Hancock will also perform a snippet of the show. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $15-$20,Quig’s Pub, 1714 Delancey Place.

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DO THIS: Pig Iron Theatre’s
“Lights, Ham-eras, Action!”


Photo courtesy of Jauhien Sasnou.

In 1995, a group of Swarthmore grads decided to start a “dance-clown-theatre ensemble,” performing strange works in church basements. They called it Pig Iron Theatre Company. After nearly 20 years, the brainchild of Dan Rothenberg, Dito van Reigersberg and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel (pictured, left to right) has become Philadelphia’s most prestigious independent theater group, helping put our theater scene on the map in a major way. (Take that, New York!)

Their annual benefit at the Troc is the biggest single-day theater event in the city, with an 800-plus crowd every time. This year’s punny theme: “Lights, Ham-eras, Action!” Expect drag queens, acrobatics, song-and-dance numbers worthy of an Oscars opening — oh, and pure genius. Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., $25-$150, 1003 Arch St.