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Describe The Night

First Preview: Jan 17, 2020

Opening Date: Jan 17, 2020

Closing Date: Feb 22, 2020

Running Time: 02:30

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Playing @

Wilma Theater

265 South Broad Street Philadelphia,, PA 19107

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"When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false."

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin

This 2018 Obie Award Winner explores the blurred lines between lies, history and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia.

Rajiv Joseph’s (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) sharp-witted dialogue and historical juxtapositions bring to mind Tom Stoppard’s and Tony Kushner’s best works. An epic fantasy that weaves historical figures into imagined happenings of the past, featuring a Putin-esque KGB officer, the play deftly incorporates the tension and intrigue of a spy thriller with a touching dive into the realm of magical realism.
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission

Audience Advisory:

Adult themes & situations

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Full-price tickets

$15 - $52

Lottery & Rush

$15 - Students



Assisted Listening System

Wilma Theater has ALDs for use during performances. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please see the House Manager on the day of the show to reserve.


Nearby lots and garages include the Kinney System garage on Broad Street between Walnut and Locust, and the garage at 13th and Spruce Streets

Visual Assistance

We offer an open captioned performance on the 4th Saturday Matinee of every performance run of the mainstage season.

Wheelchair Info

Wilma Theater has wheelchair accessible seating for every performance.

Directions Driving

Take New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). As soon as you cross the Delaware River, take 95 South. Follow 95 South to 676 West. Take first exit to Broad Street (ramp up to right). This will put you on 15th Street, headed south. Go approximately eight blocks to Locust, make a left. Go one block to Broad Street and make a right. The Wilma is one block down on the left.



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