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Go Back to the '90s with CTC's Wacky & Wild "Pub Plays"

Party at the pub like it’s 1993 with City Theater Company (CTC)! CTC wraps its 25th season with “Pub Plays” — a love letter/throwback to the company’s early days downtown at O’Friel’s Irish Pub. In fact, former pub owner Kevin Freel acts as a host/historian for the production, speaking at the onset and at other intervals between the five short plays. 

Sensational Singing Steals the Stage at the Music School

What do you get when members of the voice faculty of The Music School of Delaware come together for an evening of song? A night of “Sensational Singing.” 

Honk! at Delaware Theatre Company

One of the “rules” of performing is to never work with kids and animals. But what happens when the kids (and adults) are playing animals? Well, one such instance of this is Honk!, now playing at the Delaware Theatre Company. Adapted from the original Hans Christian Anderson story, The Ugly Duckling, DTC’s production Honk! transports audiences to a farm in the English countryside where we meet Drake and Ida, a duck couple that has just come off the mating season and is anticipating the arrival of their five hatchlings, as well as the rest of the farm animals (a turkey, chicken, and cat, to name a few)....

Spotlight at the Queen: The Delaware INstitute for the Arts IN Education

Think about the words ‘culture’ and ‘cultivate’. Both come from the Latin root word ‘cultus’ which means ‘care.’ Here in Wilmington, we pride ourselves in our cultural offerings and our vibrant arts scene. But the arts don’t just happen in Wilmington; they are cultivated here—‘cared’ for, starting at a young age. The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) is a Wilmington-based, non-profit organization that is doing its part to nurture the arts in Delaware...

Orientation Hall response wall

Art museums have a reputation for being unwelcoming. Often their grandiose architecture looms with self-importance over their surrounding neighborhoods. Think about it. Just setting foot in the Philadelphia Art Museum requires that you climb a set of stairs so imposing that it has been immortalized as a professional athlete’s workout. (Are you singing the Rocky theme song yet?) And the mental workout? Sometimes you can feel like a poser if you don’t have an advanced degree in art history. I know. I have a minor in art history, and there are times when I feel daunted by a mere exhibition leaflet.

 

Landscape III by Roderick Hidalgo

When you are driving to interview an artist and the only thing you know about him is that his latest series of work is entirely black, as in… black layered on black, black poured over black, and black dotted with more black, you end up mind-diving through all the clichés. Is this guy Emo? Goth? New York City slick? Commander of the Night’s Watch? Darth frickIN’ Vader? Meeting Roderick Hidalgo in person defied all these preconceived notions. If I had to describe him in a word, it would be exuberant...

 

Bootless Stageworks

For nine out of the last ten years, Bootless Stageworks has staged horror-themed musical theater productions, usually in the summer, such as Evil Dead, The Musical and The Texas Chainsaw Musical!, featuring the company’s signature “splatter zone,” a section of seating where tarps and ponchos protect guests from a thorough soaking of stage blood. And where other guests wear white shirts that will serve as a stained souvenir of their experience. But don’t let the preponderance of singing, sweltering gore-fests fool you...

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