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“Hamilton” In Philly: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

I had the pleasure of checking out Hamilton in Philly the other night. It was the second performance of the run, and I have to […]

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I Sat Through 12 Hours of Taylor Mac’s Philly Show — and Loved It

This is a guest post from playwright and author R. Eric Thomas, senior staff writer at, with additional bylines in the New York Times, […]

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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has origins as early as 1968, when Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked to write a “pop cantata” for St. Paul’s […]

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Review: The Three Maries at Prince Theater is Steeped in Philadelphia Charm

What a sense of nostalgia I felt, entering the Prince Theater for the first time in years! I haven’t been in the main auditorium since […]

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Review: Pig Iron Theatre Restages Gentlemen Volunteers, and It’s Fantastic

Who says you can’t go home again? Pig Iron Theatre is now 20 years old. In that time, the locally based company has moved from […]

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Review: Hedda Gabler at Physick House

Scholars of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler will continue to debate why the protagonist (that’s Hedda, of course) is so profoundly unhappy. But there’s no doubt she’s […]

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REVIEW: A Knee That Can Bend With Orbiter 3

There are few works currently playing in Philadelphia that are as thought-provoking and engaging as the premiere of Emma Goidel’s A Knee That Can Bend, which […]

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REVIEW: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s dazzling production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville comes to us as part of a trifecta – Princeton’s McCarter Theatre and Washington’s Arena Stage […]

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REVIEW: 1812 Productions’ This Is the Week That Is

It could hardly be a more difficult time to open a comedy — even one as popular as This Is the Week That Is, 1812 […]

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REVIEW: The Book of Mormon at Forrest Theatre

It’s hard to believe the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon will turn five next year, and that the show is just as inappropriate, just as […]

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REVIEW: Becoming Dr. Ruth at Walnut Street Theatre

In the 1980s, America collectively fell head over heels in love with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. And why wouldn’t we? The diminutive German-born therapist was a […]

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REVIEW: A Christmas Story at Walnut Street Theatre

It’s an odd thing about holiday season musicals. On one hand, they’re often very successful – at least between November and January – with a […]

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REVIEW: Matilda: The Musical at the Academy of Music

Is a show like Matilda: The Musical too big to properly tour? That question was definitely on my mind last evening after I left the performance at the […]

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REVIEW: Lantern Theater Company’s Underneath the Lintel

In my crankier moods, I think “one-person play” is an oxymoron. I’ve seen plenty, and some have been delightful – The Belle of Amherst with […]

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REVIEW: Azuka Theatre’s Lights Rise on Grace

Lights Rise on Grace by Chad Beckim arrives at Azuka as part of the National New Play Network’s ambitious Rolling World Premiere initiative, in which […]