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By J. Cooper Robb

Chekhov gets a modern update, two times over

The Arden Theatre Company and the Philadelphia Theatre Company are both presenting innovative spins on the dramatist’s work.

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Posted Apr. 9, 2014 | Comments: 0

ARTS AND CULTURE > STAGE

By J. Cooper Robb

Philly theaters heat up the 2014 spring performance season

Now that spring is dawning, Philadelphia area theater companies are heralding the new season with excitement—and an abundance of exciting new productions to share with hungry audiences.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2014 | Comments: 7

ARTS AND CULTURE > STAGE

By Kennedy Allen

Black comedy legend Paul Mooney hits Helium this week

Asked how he felt about "12 Years A Slave" winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, Mooney laughs. “Oh, it was only 12 years? Is that what they’re saying now?”

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Posted Mar. 12, 2014 | Comments: 0

ARTS AND CULTURE > STAGE

By Genevieve Valentine

"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" confirms she's that brassy dame we adore

Part retrospective, part behind-the-scenes doc, there's nary a Stritch detractor to be found in this biography. It's not that kind of party.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2014 | Comments: 0

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“Cambodian Son” tells of imprisoned, exiled immigrant
By Bill Chenevert

Kosal Khiev’s story is both devastatingly sad and a triumph of the spoken word. Director Masahiro Sugano met him in Cambodia and the story he tells with his stark documentary, “Cambodian Son,” is almost too bizarre to believe. Honestly, the best way to clearly communicate the heft of Khiev’s first 30 years is to show [...]

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Tonight’s Franklin Institute Awards continue a legacy of science, innovation
By Kennedy Allen

It’s safe to say that Benjamin Franklin is Philadelphia’s most renowned adopted son. While born in Boston, good ol’ BF has done more for this city than he’s given crdit. Sure, the discovery of electricity and the invention of bifocals were important in their own right. But it is the driving force of curiosity that [...]

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Hoots & Hellmouth moving into Boot & Saddle for May — and B&S’ menu now has a burger
By Bill Chenevert

Photo by Deneka Peniston, provided by the band. In the Great Things Happening in Philadelphia Music Department, you can watch Hoots & Hellmouth work out new material over the course of four dates on Broad Street with what they’re calling a residency. Boot & Saddle and R5 are giving the local heroes carte blanche to take [...]