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My Philadelphia Story: A Tourist in My Hometown

I am a traveler, and several factors make travel unlikely for the nonce. Yet I am lucky to live in a city, and region, with infinite variety. As much I … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015 — The Qualifiers

Going through 214 programs collected at theatrical performances during the 2014-2015 season is four times as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Besides programs, constant theatergoers also collect memories, often cherished … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Barrymore Profile

Excellence should be acknowledged. Award ceremonies and honors are not about competition. They’re about recognition. Every season, dozens of fine performances are seen on Philadelphia stages. Within those dozens, some … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Dreams Thrive at Paul Robeson

It was one of those “Eureka!” moments.        Choreographer David Pershica and Philadelphia Theatre Company education director Maureen Sweeney were sitting in Sweeney’s office to discuss the winding down of … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Be On the Lookout!

Ambition is most certainly on the hoof.       Interesting things are cooking at some of the Philadelphia area’s smaller theaters, rarely done Schiller and O’Neill classics for example. Meanwhile, plans … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — The Vogel Collaboration

ACTORS WORK WITH VOGEL, ZIZKA TO DEVELOP ‘DON JUAN’ AT WILMA       The Wilma put itself on a heady course when it scheduled two consecutive world premieres for this winter. … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Update on Casting

GONGLEWSKI IS MASHA FOR PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY        Grace Gonglewski, a leading lady on local stages for more than 25 years, is cast as the movie star, Masha, who comes … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — I Am Curious (Very)

SCIENCE VS. RELIGION IN SNOWGLOBE AT SHUBIN         Playwright Nicholas Wardigo says he once believed that science and religion could co-exist, that faith and fact were compatible in the … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Latin Flavor Prevalent in January

ARDEN CASTS HUDES PLAY        The second installment of Central High graduate Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, “Water by the Spoonful”  runs from January 16 to March 16 at … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

News from the Avenue — Mary Poppins Visits Walnut

Making Shakespeare more Philadelphian by substituting the Avenue of the Arts for the Rialto, “News from the Avenue” will be a regularly updated page that reports matters of interest about … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

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