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One of Us: Blanka Zizka

My full name is … Blanka Jana Jarmila Marie Zizka. I grew up in … Mladá Boleslav, a small town in Czechoslovakia. I left there […]

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REVIEW: In Wilma’s Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Let There Be Light…Please!

At the Wilma, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play begins in total darkness. Three frantic, antic hours later, I’m still not convinced there’s been much real illumination. I […]

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REVIEW: In Kill Move Paradise, We Shall Be Moved

Last year at this time, the Wilma Theater played host to the O-Festival’s premiere production of We Shall Not Be Moved, a profound meditation on […]

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Best of Philly 2018 Fun and Games: From Scrabble to Drag to Marijuana Dinners

Best of Philly 2018, our annual listing of the region’s outstanding food, people, shops, services, and more, is now online as well as on newsstands. Here are […]

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Does the World Really Need a Mr. Rogers Drag Queen Musical Right Now?

The new Mr. Rogers documentary is currently getting rave reviews over at the Ritz East in Old City. Meanwhile, a very different kind of Mr. […]

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REVIEW: Around the World with Stew in Passing Strange

Old and new shake hands in the Wilma’s snazzy, exceptionally well-performed Passing Strange. The Broadway cult-hit, receiving a major revival here ten years later, still […]

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REVIEW: The Wilma’s Blood Wedding Is A Marriage of Compromises

Before getting into the thicket that is the Wilma’s spectacularly beautiful, dramatically frustrating Blood Wedding, I should fess up—I’m not convinced that Garcia Lorca’s plays […]

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OPINION: The Artless Radicalization of Philly Theater

In Philadelphia these days there are two kinds of theater experiences. There’s the Walnut Street Theater with its mostly mainstream fare like The Importance of […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Constellations, Life and Its Possibilities

Old movie buffs still sniffle, remembering the final moments of Now Voyager, when Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) gazes adoringly at Jerry Durrance (Paul Henried) and […]

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Arts List: 5 Reasons to Go to the Theater

John @ Arden Theatre Company| Through February 26 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker’s John follows a young couple from Brooklyn on a weekend trip to […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Water, Water, Everywhere in When the Rain Stops Falling

It’s coming down in buckets at the Wilma Theater. The onstage downpour that begins and intermittently continues through Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling is […]

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Best Things to Do in Philly in January

January 6 The Hard Problem at the Wilma Theater For years, Philadelphia actress Sarah Gliko longed to perform at the renowned Wilma Theater under the […]

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My 30 Minutes With Tom Stoppard

I go into my interview with Oscar and Tony-winning British playwright Tom Stoppard with a laundry list of questions, but I quickly forget all about them once I sit down across […]

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Philly Theaters Take On Classic Mythology in Radically Different Ways

They’re the tales you learned in freshman year of high school: Of Aphrodite and Antigone, of gods and goddesses too numerous to actually remember (I […]

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REVIEW: Wilma Theater’s Antigone

When I was a theater student, I was fascinated by stories of the Greek tragedies in their earliest performances — multi-day outdoor festivals, attended by […]