Friday, June 26, 2015

Beyond My Backyard


              Cosplay Event & After Party


         This Tuesday, June 30/ Lincoln Financial Field

The Marvel Experience is running through Sunday July 5th at Lincoln Financial Field. To add to the excitement, there will be a special COSPLAY* event happening on Tuesday, June 30 from 6pm-8pm. Anyone showing up at the Lincoln Financial Field box office (XFINITY Gate) between 6pm and 8pm on June 30th wearing anything related to a superhero theme can purchase tickets for only $30 (a savings of almost $20 per ticket). These tickets can be purchased only at the box office that night. In addition to this great offer, there will be an official After Party directly across the street, inside the Victory beer hall at XFINITY Live! starting at 8pm on Tuesday June 30.  A great Marvel movie will be playing and Marvel–themed drinks will be served for those over 21.  Everyone is invited.

* Cosplay is a combination of the words costume and play; it is a type of performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Marvel Experience

Captain America & Iron Man



                                THROUGH JULY 5TH

The Marvel Experience allows comic book and movie fans of all ages to become agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and interact with their favorite super heroes.  After receiving their bracelets, rookie agents are given an on-screen introduction to the various plights the superheroes might encounter. They are then led into a room with interactive machines which allow them to choose which superhero to interact with.  There are several machines and several to choices to make. The excitement is only  just beginning! Summon a superhero to your side by making a movement with your arms and poof! One appears at your side. Enter a 3D- stereoscopic full dome projection theatre and, after donning special glasses, find action happening all around you. Enter a training center and take a motion ride which will literally rock your socks off as all rookie agents become part of the adventure. There is much to do as you immerse yourself in The Marvel Experience. The entrances are timed so that crowds do not impede your enjoyment. Become a superhero yourself and take home one of a wide variety of souvenirs to show your friends. Tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster at or by calling 800-745-3000.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Marvel Experience







          Tickets available  through ticketmaster

Hero Ventures has announced that the much anticipated Philadelphia stop of The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour  will move its opening date to allow more time for necessary technical enhancements.  The Marvel Experience will bring a unique brand of immersive fun and excitement to Philadelphia beginning Wednesday June 24 and running through Sunday, July 5 at Lincoln Financial Field. The official press opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Wednesday June 24 at 9:30 a.m.  Customers who have already purchased tickets for the previously scheduled events of June 19 to June 23 will be contacted by Ticketmaster and will be offered an exchange for their original order plus an additional ticket as a way of saying Thank you for their understanding and patience.  Customers will also have an opportunity for a full refund. The Marvel Experience is an immersive, Domed attraction that features the world’s first ever traveling 360-degree 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome projection theatre. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art thrilling motion ride and a training center” that offers Marvel fans a chance to become part of the adventure. Tickets for the event are on sale exclusively through or by calling 800-745-3000.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Murder for Two

The Philadelphia Theatre Company, housed in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, is concluding its 40th Anniversary Season season with a zany, madcap musical murder mystery.  Murder for Two features a cast of two and will run through June 28. Don’t let the numbers fool you.  A murder mystery must have more than one suspect and this one has a multitude: Kyle Branzel plays all of them, each with a motive to kill the distinguished author who has been killed at his birthday party.  Ian Lowe portrays a beleaguered Officer Marcus Moscowicz who is determined to solve the murder and earn his detective’s badge.  Unfortunately, Marcus is a slipshod sleuth: but oh, can he play the piano!  At times joining him at the piano, at times nearly pushing him off the bench and at other times playing solo while Marcus sings one of his theories, Branzel is often at the piano in one of his persona.  You don’t always know which character he is portraying when he is at the piano but it matters not.  Kyle's repertoire is astounding and most of his many characters are easily discernible by his quick switch to a pair of glasses, a limp, a ballet pose, a deepening of the voice, or the character's walking on his knees wearing a baseball hat. Kyle Branzel is an extraordinarily talented actor. Each suspect Branzel portrays has his/her own voice and he never varies from it. He is light on his feet with his dance routines. Along with Ian Lowe he sings to move the story along and performs brilliantly at the piano.  Whodunit?  You’ll just have to come and see and be prepared for a wacky romp. For more information or tickets, call 215-985-0420 or visit 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Damon Bonetti , Daniel Fredrick &
Dave Johnson

The Lantern Theater Company, located at St. Stephen’s Church, 10th and Ludlow Streets, is presenting a farcical adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles through June 28. Presented as a Commedia dell’Arte piece with fixed stereotypes such as supreme idiots and men with false bravado, this version of The Hound of the Baskervilles is a hoot. The three person cast of Damon Bonetti, as Holmes, Daniel Fredrick as Lord Baskerville and Dave Johnson as Watson play additional multiple roles and make lightning-fast costume changes before you can even blink an eye. Typically, a “zanni” character is not only an idiot but is always hungry. Dr. Watson fits this bill as, absurdly, he is never given anything to eat while those around him eat their fill. He is quite the bumbling investigator but manages to make shocking discoveries almost by accident.  According to Lantern’s artistic director Charles McMahon, “Dave Johnson has made a career out of playing idiots but has brought stupidity to a whole new level… (he is the) supreme dolt.” One might agree with this statement, but he is a lovable one, none-the-less. Damon Bonetti is quite the serious Holmes but we don’t see much of him in this role as he is busy entertaining us with a wide variety of preposterous persona. Daniel Fredrick is hysterical when he goes in and out of character…your laughter might produce tears! This play was written as a serious mystery.  It has been retrofitted as a nonsensical one. It is uproarious on every level. Thanks to the excellent work of lighting designer Drew Billiau, lights and their absence produce a sensation of movement as well as a passage of time. Sound designer Christopher Colucci and set designer Meghan Jones add to the eeriness which grounds The Hound of the Baskervilles to its original roots.  If you are familiar with the story, you will be excited with this new iteration.  If you are not familiar with the original, you may be surprised by the ending. In any event, you surely will  be delighted with the production. For more information or tickets, call 215-829-0395 or visit

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Three Christs of Manhattan

Akeem Davis, Dan Hodge
Leah Walton &
Judith Lightfoot Clarke
 Hold onto your seat belts…You’re in for a wild ride.  On the heels of Two Jews Walked Into A War, Seth Rozin has done it again with what is sure to be another smash hit!  The world premiere of The Three Christs of Manhattan is being produced by InterAct Theatre Company and will be appearing at the old Adrienne Theatre 2030 Sansom Street through June 21. The audience gets an inside view of a young Jewish psychiatrist’s first day of practice. Leah Walton portrays Dr. Posner with a na├»ve simplicity and brilliant comic timing. Her first three patients, surprisingly enough, all believe themselves to be Jesus Christ, returned to earth. One, Dan Hodge, appears in long straight hair, white robe and sandals. Moments after he leaves, the second patient, Akeem Davis, appears in dreadlocks espousing the need to help the poor and underprivileged. Dr. Posner has no chance to catch her breath after he leaves when her third patient arrives dressed in heels and a dress, claiming the way to salvation is forward thinking through wise investments. Dr. Posner has a plan to get all three together to try for a break-through with their illusions. Spoiler alert: She calls for the return of the Jesi !!!   Each of the actors is true to his character’s beliefs and as such, is very convincing in his role. As an atheist, Dr. Posner is not easily swayed. The play is brief. It runs only 80 minutes but there are enough laughs packed into this satiric piece for a show twice that length. What a wonderful way for InterAct to end its season. Come see The Three Christs of Manhattan and say goodbye to their home at the old Adrienne, as the theatre will be moving to a new theatre space at the Drake next year.  For more tickets or information about this great show with a surprising twist, call 215-568-8077 or visit online at