John Timpane is a theater critic, books editor, and fine arts reporter for the Inquirer. His beat includes books, social media, dance, theater, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor.

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Summer Shakespeare in Philly: Here’s what’s on stage now (and in parks)

There's a bumper crop right now of six productions: three indoors and three outdoors.

John Leguizamo on ‘Latin History for Morons’: ‘Courage to say what I want to say’

The Latin comic and media pioneer talks about his Bogota-to-Broadway life story, and the inspiration for his one-man Broadway shows. He comes to the Merriam Theater on July 19-20.

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John Wall Barger’s ‘The Mean Game’: The problems with love, myth by myth

Love is a mean game, and cruelty in all its forms is a close relative. These vivid, odd, often marvelous poems create brand-new myths that probe unkindness, love, belief, and everything around and in between in Barger's splendidly original style.

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Harold Bloom’s ‘Shakespeare’s Personalities’ and ‘Possessed by Memory’: Late in life, amid beloved poetry

In five short books on great Shakespeare characters, the august critic, now 88, conducts tours of great plays and a great playwright's psyche. His collection of essays on literature he has memorized is intent on old age, but we feel the redeeming power of his beloved literature.

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‘Mamma Mia!’ at Bucks County Playhouse: Happy show, dancing summer, crazy world

This show may charm even the most savage of ABBA skeptics. This Broadway-energy production is as good as you could do this very silly show. It touches the heart and even makes you care about the daughter and mom at the center. The dancing alone is worth the ticket. Plus, hey, it's summer.

Anne Hathaway’s mom is doing theater in Cape May this summer

Kate McCauley Hathaway is treading the boards at Cape May Stage, playing the character of Kate in the charming play “Sylvia” through Aug. 2.

Last day to register for ‘Hamilton’ ticket drawing in Philly. Here's what to do.

Thursday is the last day to register for online tickets to 'Hamilton' at the Forrest Theater. You have until 11:59 p.m.

Writing star Dominique Morisseau brings West Chester-based ‘Mud Row’ to People’s Light

The high-flying literary celebrity's new play is based on her residency in a neighborhood of West Chester with historic ties to the Underground Railroad and civil-rights movement. It's part of a People's Light program that generates new plays by embeddomg writers in local neighborhoods.

Where is the Umbrella Man statue that used to reside outside the Prince Theater?

Known popularly as “Umbrella Man,” he stepped forward, as if signaling a cab in the rain. He was last seen in front of the then-Prince Music Theater. But sometime in 2015, along with the Prince, he disappeared.

‘Hamilton’ tickets in Philly are going on sale. Don’t throw away your shot.

The two-step online process is now open, but only through Thursday night. Some tickets will also be sold at the Forrest Theatre box office starting July 9.