New Theatre Company Gets Off To Good Start

Intermission September 19, 2013 at 11:36 am 0 comments

This is the time of year when new theatre companies seems to pop up everywhere. The FringeArts Festival brings a lot of these companies together, but some are born for different reasons and much more long-lasting visions. One such company is the Underbite Theatre Company. Their logo is a dog, […]

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Alyesha Wise in A DENZEL THEORY (Photo credit: SP Photography)

New Talent On Display at FringeArts JUMPSTART

Intermission May 25, 2013 at 10:04 am 0 comments

For anyone who may have been concerned, the state of theatre in Philadelphia is in good hands… FringeArts (the much less bulky name for what was once the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe) provided a bit of a sneak-preview of this year’s festival with the second annual JUMPSTART. […]

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Book Review: Molière on Stage: What’s So Funny? by Robert W. Goldsby

Intermission August 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm 0 comments

The simple title of Robert W. Goldsby’s new book, Molière on Stage: What’s So Funny?, belies an ambitious project—partly an examination of Molière’s life and work, and partly an examination of how and why his plays remain funny after nearly 350 years. While conventional wisdom tells us that explaining anything […]

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THE CIRCUS IN WINTER: A New Musical on a Unique Journey

THE CIRCUS IN WINTER: A New Musical on a Unique Journey

Intermission December 1, 2012 at 1:04 am 0 comments

In the post-PRODUCERS, post-Disney world of musical theater, newly staged musicals often seem only to be safe remakes of well well-worn classics with solid vehicles for star power, or adaptations of beloved films sure to attract a broad crowd of movie lovers to the theater. The common denominator is the […]

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Audi FEASTIVAL a Culinary and Financial Success

Intermission September 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm 0 comments

The third annual Audi FEASTIVAL took place on September 12 at Pier 9, Penn’s Landing. FEASTIVAL is a culinary event, co-chaired this year by Tony Forte and Jesse & Bekka Rendell and co-hosted by Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman and Michael Solomonov which is a “celebration of the artistic and […]

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DE Premiere of SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Benefits Wilmington Drama League

Intermission July 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm 0 comments

It’s not common that we at STAGE cover films, but the premiere of SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED was not a common event. After all, how often do we see stars on the red carpet in Delaware? And, although the feature film, starring Wilmington’s own Aubrey Plaza and directed by Colin Trevorrow, […]

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INTERMISSION: Interview with Eddie Bruce, Philadelphia Bandleader, MC, and Jazz Singer Extraordinaire

Intermission April 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm 0 comments

Born in Philadelphia, Eddie Bruce did not waste any time starting his career in entertainment. As a child, he appeared in local theater and on televised talent shows, including the popular Al Albert’s Showcase. These early experiences prepared him for various roles in broadcast media, as both a television and […]

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INTERMISSION: An Interview with Vince Valentine, Star of DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

Intermission March 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm 0 comments

A Godfather, a “Soap”rano, now a Caveman. Philadelphia local, Vince Valentine, has seen his share of stages and microphones while making audiences laugh in venues across the country. Vince’s stand-up story starts over a decade ago at Camden County College, where he enrolled in a comedy workshop just because he […]

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INTERMISSION: Music Theatre International’s iPhone App

Intermission, News January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

On October 24, Music Theatre International announced the release of its brand-new Apple iPhone app ”MTIShows”. This amazing app gives you immediate access to all the information on Music Theatre International licensed shows, including synopsis, casting, information on how the show is to be billed, facts about the show, and […]

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INTERMISSION: The Right Thing to Do Part 2: Know Others

Intermission January 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm 0 comments

Abe died recently. A bright guy, he was in his late 90s and had been mostly blind for years. He was a familiar sight in the halls of the building, refusing to use a cane or a dog, he stubbornly insisted to the public that his eyes were fine even […]

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INTERMISSION: Focus on [ad hoc theatre project]

Intermission November 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm 0 comments

I was invited to attend the production of PURGATORIO by Ariel Dorfman, presented by the [ad hoc theatre project]. This was a very interesting venture. Mark Kennedy, Director and guiding force behind [ad hoc] explains in the program that they are a theatre “anti-company” that was formed because an individual […]

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INTERMISSION: Focus on Philly Restaurant Week

Intermission September 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm 0 comments

Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street One of the great epicurean events in the Philadelphia area each year is Philadelphia Center City Restaurant Week, where participating restaurants (and there are a LOT of participating restaurants!) offer prix fixe menus for $35. This opens the Philadelphia culinary market to a whole new group, […]

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Intermission September 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm 0 comments

I have to tell you all up front, I love this job… One of the events that is part of the Philly Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is FEASTIVAL 2011. This is the second year of FEASTIVAL, a restaurant tasting, auction, and entertainment event co-hosted by local food celebrities […]

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INTERMISSION: Magic Jim Teaches Kids Important Life Lessons

Intermission August 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm 0 comments

Jim Vagias has worn a lot of hats in his lifetime. He’s been an attorney, a theatre administrator (including a ten year stint as the Executive Director of the American Stage Company in Teaneck, NJ – the company that birthed the extremely popular musical, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW […]

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INTERMISSION: Uncover your Inner Artist with UNDERCOVER ARTIST

Intermission August 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm 0 comments

South Jersey resident and art teacher, Lily Doyle, way laid off in June 2010, a casualty of statewide budget cuts to public schools. Her school’s art program was slashed along with her position. After teaching an extremely successful art program for 16 years, she suddenly found herself without a job. […]

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INTERMISSION: MCCC Gallery Hosts Visual Arts Student Show thru May 12

Intermission May 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm 0 comments

West Windsor, N.J. — The artistic talents of Mercer County Community College’s Visual Arts students continue to be beautifully showcased in this year’s “MCCC Visual Arts Student Exhibition,” on display through Thursday, May 12. The exhibit is free and open to the public and takes place at The Gallery at […]

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Pop/Rock Vocalist Lelica Debuts EP ‘Without A Warning’

Intermission April 18, 2011 at 7:07 am 5 comments

To say that Hackettstown, NJ resident Lelica Palecco has been through a lot in her 28 years would be an understatement. The singer-songwriter-recording artist reflects on these experiences in her new, eight (8) song debut EP album that she describes as her most honest and personal writing to date. “Without […]

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INTERMISSION: FOCUS ON…Burning Bridget Cleary

Intermission March 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm 0 comments

What better choice for St. Patrick’s Day than going to a CD Release Party for a Celtic band? I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the event at the World Café Upstairs in Philadelphia, where a fabulous band, Burning Bridget Cleary, was celebrating the release of their third […]

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INTERMISSION: HOT TUNA Brings the Blues to Wilmington

Intermission February 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm 0 comments

Since their youth, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have loved making music together. So much so that while becoming part of rock music history with the Jefferson Airplane, the two formed HOT TUNA. With this new collaboration, Kaukonen and Casady gave themselves an outlet to perform the blues and roots […]

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INTERMISSION: Focus on: Laura Cheadle

Intermission February 9, 2011 at 6:42 am 6 comments

Actors need to be entertained too. We all have our favorite artists, hot spots, places we go after entertaining others. INTERMISSION is here to share those favorites. In this (irregular) column, I will feature a local artist, venue, or non-theatre production. Send your suggestions to us at STAGE…I’d love to […]

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