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The first of several eager young theater companies to take 1970s Philly by storm, the Philadelphia Theatre Company has evolved into one of the most respected arts organizations in the region. Not content to merely rehash classics or safely import successful traveling shows, it has held over 100 world and Philadelphia  premiers by playwrights including Terrance McNally, Christopher Durang, and Naomi Wallace.
But the plays aren’t the only new and exciting thing for the company; after a long residency at the small Plays & Players theater in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, the company moved into its stunning new home, named the Suzanne Roberts Theatre for its benefactor, in the fall of 2007. The $25 million 370-seat theater occupies a deserved location among the city’s top theaters on the Avenue of the Arts.