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The power of poetry

It wasn’t until he was a student at Archbishop Ryan High School that Northeast native Mike Dees, who grew up around the Frankford Avenue/Knights Road area, considered becoming an actor — but then only briefly.


Quality time with the family

The Addams Family, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Philadelphia premiere March 19-24 at the Academy of Music. 


Desert fun, in drag

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the most successful Australian musical of all time, is making its Philadelphia premiere now through March 3 at the Academy of Music.


Chicken pie warms up winter

Chicken pie has become one of my favorite comfort-food recipes. Savory pies date back to the Medieval era. Originally, the sole purpose of the    double crust was to protect the ingredients from the metallic flavor of the pot. The crust wasn’t designed to be eaten and was discarded after the filling was cooked.


Exploring ‘Endgame’

In the Arden Theatre Company’s current production of Endgame, only four actors are on stage. Two of them, Nancy Boykin and Dan Kern of Elkins Park, play the roles of husband and wife — the same role they have in real life.


When the fur goes flying

If you’re looking for a little out-of-the-ordinary family entertainment you will find it when Gregory Popovich and his adorable rescued pets from animal shelters take center stage for two shows at the Keswick Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 17.


The role of a lifetime

— Peter Lockyer stars as Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miz,’ now at the Academy of Music.


The role of a lifetime

Peter Lockyer, a long-ago young Marius in the original Broadway and touring productions of Les Miserables, has graduated to the role of heroic patriarch Jean Valjean in the new 25th anniversary revised edition of the international hit musical, on stage at the Academy of Music through Sunday.



A strange case

When Constantine Maroulis was on American Idol, his image was that of a bad boy rocker. So now, stepping into the lead role of Jekyll & Hyde, making its Philadelphia premiere Dec. 26 to 30 at the Forrest Theatre, he seems a natural choice.