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Bucks-County native son Christopher Durang won the Tony last night for his Bucks-County-inflected Chekhov play, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pearce, the play's setting makes perfect sense. As Durang put it in his acceptance speech, "Bucks County is the perfect place for Chekhov. All these country estates - bored and upset and depressed. It's perfect Durang country and perfect Chekhov country."http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2guUvcP-TcY
Here at Philly Mag HQ, we received an email announcing an upcoming performance at the Painted Bride by a troupe of "Acro-Cats." What is "Acro-Cats"? An all-feline performance art troupe that will delight you by "pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops," and playing in a band. Should this turn out to be an elaborate hoax, please forgive us. If you plan on going--the show runs July 11th-July 14th--don't say we didn't warn you about the profound, possibly unsettling weirdness you'll encounter. Below, Exhibit A:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Vi33DpZ7CLA#!All things considered, not quite as
This Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards for the forth time. The entire night will really be the battle between two musicals: Matilda, the British, technically impressive show that won seven Olivier awards, and Kinky Boots, the wholly American musical from icons Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. But when only 12 of the 26 nominated shows are still open, there is only so much Harris can do to make the telecast interesting.
Kate Flannery--aka Meredith the sexually irresponsible Supplier Relations Representative on "The Office"--will be in Philly this summer for a two-week run at the Suzanne Roberts Theater. The Philly native and UArts alum will be performing in the play "Love, Loss and What I Wore," written by the late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia. "It's just an excuse to see my dad and my family," says Flannery of the play, which "tells the story of many women through clothing and accessories."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xBniX4fQBg[Daily News]
Before he left the Inquirer for ESPN, before he published a manifesto on "overrated and underrated" players, before he stalked Barry Bonds for a year, Salvatore Anthony Nicholas Paolantonio wrote a biography of former Mayor Frank Rizzo. And now, that biography is being converted into a play to be staged in South Philly.Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile inked a deal March 22 to bring the best-selling biography of the larger-than-life mayor to the stage. “It's still in the very early stages, right now,” said Joe Canuso, artistic director of Theatre Exile. “We need to do a lot of research and development, decide whether
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe is now the much more succinctly named FringeArts. Festival founder and executive director Nick Stuccio announced the new name this morning at the groundbreaking of the 16-year-old organization's year round venue, which will also be known as FringeArts.
Last night at 9 p.m., IATSE Local 8 business manager Mike Barnes told me that negotiations between his stagehands union and Philadelphia Theatre Company -- which the stagehands walked out of two weeks ago -- were ongoing and "not going well."But this morning, Barnes reports that the Philadelphia stagehands strike is almost over, with a ratification vote expected this morning and a press conference to follow.This news comes one week after the theater company went forward with its production of The Mountaintop without stagehands and days after we learned of the resignation of a PTC board member.Barnes says that a
When was the last time you saw Uncle Tom's Cabin in a theater? The answer is probably never. As far as I can tell, a theatrical version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's controversial novel hasn't been performed in the Philadelphia area for many decades, and that also appears to be true for the rest of the country, with the exception of a couple of attempts in New York City over the years. But one Philadelphia theater company says that it's time to bring the story back to the stage, but with a twist.