Friday, March 29, 2013

Catch "Houdini" in Philadelphia

A new play, The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini, opens tonight the Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia. The play stars Robert DaPonte as Houdini and is part of The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts which runs March 27 to April 7, 2013.

Photo: Joe Grasso
The world’s greatest magician is about to take his final bow.

Join us as we venture behind the curtain of Houdini’s final performance. A mysterious magician’s assistant prepares the absinthe, the shackles, and a séance. Houdini gasps for breath as his life flashes before his eyes. An invisible crowd applauds. You are the audience for this magic show of life, death, and the beyond. After a lifetime of death defying escapes, Houdini is ready for his final curtain call. You will be there to distinguish reality from fiction – if you can.

Other cast includes Lee Minora as Bess, Griffin Stanton-Ameisen as Hardeen, Maryruth Stine as Mama, and Tyler Horn as Rabbi Weiss. The play is directed by Brenna Geffers with set design by Doug Greene, costumes by Natalia de la Torre, lighting by Matt Sharp, sound by Zachary Wiseleyly, and stage managed by Wesley Reid.

Tom Interval of the website Houdini Museum points out that the Plays and Players Theatre is only a mile from the Chestnut Street Opera House where the real Houdini played a three week engagement in 1926. (I like that kind of stuff.)

Visit the EgoPo website to purchase tickets to The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini. You can see more photos from the production at the EgoPo Facebook page. If you "Like" the EgoPo Facebook page you can use the code "magic" for $5 off any show.

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