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Playwright Lynn Nottage’s ‘One More River’ gets crossed

When Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company presents two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s “One More River to Cross: A Verbatim Fugue” at Philadelphia’s Latvian Society starting May 26, there will be history in the making. That’s not only because Pulley &...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 11:56 AM

Passover and Frogs: Restaurateur puts unusual spin on Seder meal

In a restaurant town populated by outsized personalities, Terry Berch McNally might be the quirkiest. With ex-husband, chef and business partner Michael McNally, she’s created a blend of fine dining and casual bar fare for more than two decades at the London Grill. As an oddball promoter,...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Arden's 'Light Princess' musical for children isn't so light after all

When is a kid’s show not a kid’s show? Pretty much since Philadelphia playwrights Tony Lawton and Alex Bechtel accidentally wandered into the genre with their first collaboration, “The Light Princess,” which begins April 5 at Arden Children’s Theatre.Adapted from a story by George MacDonald, with...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:23 AM

Tony Luke is doing stand-up now and has a reality show in the works

Talk to Philadelphia cheesesteak king/actor Tony Luke Jr. and Netflix’s “Fuller House” writer Craig Shoemaker (who graduated from Springfield Township High School) and you’ll find it hard to get a word in edgewise. The old pals share a rapid-fire, familial banter that has you thinking — “Hey, these...

Monday, March 27, 2017, 8:27 PM

'The Last Don Standing' chats about Mafia past

At a time when talk of bad hombres is all the rage, it might be appropriate that Ralph Natale, 81, put his story on paper.“Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale” tells the violent backstory of the first Mafia don (1994-98) to cooperate with federal prosecutors; a tale that...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:04 AM

Cirque du Soleil’s Fabrice Lemire on working with James Cameron

Thirty-three years after its start in Montreal, it is now a new normal to see the colorfully acrobatic, atmospheric Cirque du Soleil and its multitude of themed productions. They occur so often, you can throw a rock and hit one. The plan, then, is to make them unique, with potential new...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:00 PM

Strand of Oaks goes from 'healing' to 'hard love'

Singer/Songwriter Tim Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks) had one last warm weekend home before he was off again, doing what he does best — touring the world relentlessly since the release of his 2014 breakout album, “Heal.” “I feel as if I just put my feet up,” says Showalter about being at home after...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:00 AM

RAIR and Moore College of Art get 'trashy'

From now until March 11, the usually tony Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design are going to get "trashed" as Northeast Philly’s Revolution Recovery construction waste recycling center and its RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) program set up shop along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00 PM

Taking charge of LGBT affairs

When the Mayor’s Office announced that Amber Hikes, a black queer woman, would take the reins as the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, a collective sigh could be heard throughout gay Philadelphia. The office’s first director, Nellie Fitzpatrick, resigned in the wake of...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

One-man showman Will Stutts is alone no more

There are two things that actor-playwright Will Stutts is best known for: a host of smartly, self-written one-person shows and a history of performing them at the Walnut Street Theatre. In his time as a thespian (“this is my 50th anniversary,” says Stutts, a former Philly resident), Stutts created...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:39 AM

Tony Ward reimagines erotica for the 21st century

Philadelphia photographer Tony Ward has led a charmed life, moving as he has from the documentary style reportage of his youth, snapping church life at 16th and Fitzwater, to the deeply grainy black-and-white erotica work that made him famous. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Ward was a fixture of...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 3:49 PM

Deborah Cox performs in the stage version of 'The Bodyguard'

Since the mid-1990s, Deborah Cox has maintained a multifaceted career as a singer of sleek soul-pop hits and as an actress on Broadway’s musical stage. There, smash R&B singles such as “Sentimental” and “We Can’t Be Friends” go hand in hand with success in musicals “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 2:33 AM

Mary Martello gets personal in 'Songs My Mother Taught Me'

If you’ve been to the theater in Philadelphia, you’ve probably witnessed the marvel of five-time Barrymore Award winner Mary Martello as the angry Irish mother in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” or the goofy Roz singing throughout “9 To 5”. In 2017, Martello will star in “Gypsy” at the Arden Theatre...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 9:00 PM

Léon is definitely not tired of talking

When Sweden’s Léon posted “Tired of Talking” to Soundcloud last summer, the singer-songwriter didn’t know it would strike a nerve with empowered-female crowds. It was the first track she worked on with producing partner Agrin Rahmani and that contagiously melodic tune won the immediate attention of...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 3:38 AM

The Tin Angel in Old City to close its doors

Last Thursday night — with a whiff of protest in the air from Donald Trump’s presidential visit to Philly — soulful folkie Citizen Cope performed yet another sold out show at Old City’s intimate Tin Angel. “One of five sold out shows for Cope — a dear friend of mine,” exclaims Tin Angel booker...

Monday, January 30, 2017, 4:59 PM

Get revved up for the Philadelphia Auto Show

Whether you drive or not, the allure of the Philadelphia Auto Show is undeniable. The cars are always sleek and beautiful with design elements reminiscent of fine sculpture. Returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend, the Philadelphia Auto Show has long been one of the biggest...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:02 AM

D.R.A.M. is a big baby with a cute dog — and he loves it

You can call him D.R.A.M., you can call him the name of his debut album “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” or you can call him by his birth name, Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith. But what you should never call the Virginia native — who made his bones with 2014’s Latin-tinged “Cha Cha” and 2016’s summer pop...

Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:06 PM

Why you don't want to miss the 'History of Cabaret Spectacular'

The concept of dinner theater gets turned on its head when Philadelphia performing artist, writer and director John Jarboe — the boss of The Bearded Ladies experimental cabaret company — does his first “History of Cabaret Spectacular.” This culinary and performative journey with FringeArts and its...

Monday, January 16, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theatre Company premieres 'Lizzie'

When the 11th Hour Theatre Company premieres the goth-tinged "Lizzie" on Jan. 16 at Neighborhood House in Old City, the rocked-out musical comes with a boatload of history, both real and imagined.Long before Charlie Manson’s dark angels and famed murderesses like Florida highway killer Aileen...

Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:33 AM

'John' opens at The Arden Theater

The plays of Annie Baker are as natural as they are odd. Aside from being improbably lengthy, they linger on the everyday conversational complications of human speech. From their long pauses and endless stammers to their jumbled rushed phrases, Baker is like David Mamet without the forced machismo...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 3:50 PM