Ensemble in Arden Theatre Company's production of MACBETH. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Numb from the neck down, well almost [critical mass review #3]

Jessica Foley gives this week’s critical mass take on MACBETH at the Arden, part of a new review series on Phindie.

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Lantern): Capturing the passion and the parody

Director Charles McMahon equates the hot-blooded battle of wills between Kate and Petruchio with the intense, sensual, and stylized dance of the tango.

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OMG! The R&J Project brings Shakespeare to a new generation

The four recent college grads of Madness Most Discreet weren’t even in kindergarten when Baz Luhrmann Romeo +Juliet came out, but they hope their version will appeal to a new generation, as his did.

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LAST CHANCE: From law to lyrics, from classics to folk, interview with Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback, Philadelphia’s popular duo.

Last Chance, the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott (banjo and guitar) and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback, has been playing together since 2011 and as a duo since 2012.

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RASHOMON (Luna): Kurosawa on the stage

Luna’s adaptation of one of the finest films ever made doesn’t dare to change enough to be much more than a translation of Kurosawa’s movie.

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Shakespeare vs Stoppard: Exploring the Wilma’s dream pairing of HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Two of the best plays in the English language and share most of the same characters and much of the same dialog. The Wilma is doing them in successive productions.

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COLLECTED STORIES (Isis): Lifting the mothballed veils of secrecy

Donald Margulies’s shocking intergenerational encounter COLLECTED STORIES is given a brutal performance at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio

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YOUNG VOICES MONOLOGUE FESTIVAL 2015 (InterAct): The maturity of Millennials

Baby Boomers are certain that Millennials are nothing but lazy, uncultured slackers. The YOUNG VOICES FESTIVAL blasts that idea into smithereens.

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MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Temple Theater): Parties and excess

The young talent the school is grooming stands out in the Temple Theater production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

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FIELD HOCKEY HOT (11th Hour): A champion of laughter

One does not know what to expect when walking into a production revolving around sports. Many seem to believe that sports and theater do not belong in the same sentence….

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MACBETH (Arden): Fast but not furious [critical mass review #2]

Alexander Burns’ production of MACBETH at Arden Theatre Company is energetic and visually engaging, but it lacks ferocity and substance.

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A Stage of One’s Own: MZ FEST at Plays and Players

MZ FEST brings together several local avant garde companies to provide dramatic theater opportunities for female artists.

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METRONOME TICKING (Henrik Eger/Bob Spitz): Human beings on both sides of the Holocaust

METRONOME TICKING intertwines the memoirs a Holocaust survivor with the personal letters of an ambitious Third Reich propaganda officer to tell a story of love and empathy in the time of the Holocaust.

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Walnut): Ten little soldier boys having lots of fun

Agatha Christie has always been a theatrical guilty pleasure, like sitting down with a nice genre book or singing along to top 40

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BASKERVILLE (McCarter): An entertaining trip to Dartmoor

Ken Ludwig taps literature’s most iconic detective with BASKERVILLE, a funny, inventive, entertaining take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

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LAFFERTY’S WAKE (Society Hill Playhouse): “For God’s sake, you got to laugh a little!”

Society Hill Playhouse celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a seasonal revival of Susan Turlish’s musical-comedy send-up of the Irish,

Visible Fictions’ Tim Settle and Simon Donaldson perform JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (People’s Light): A playful retelling for all ages

Scotland’s Visible Fictions brings a child-friendly version of the Greek myth of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, adapted by Robert Forrest, to People’s Light & Theatre Company

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The Tour is FREE but the Facts aren’t Facts: Walk around Philadelphia as part of the FIVE DOLLAR COMEDY WEEK

Five Dollar Comedy Week returns for its second year March 23-29, 2015 at a new home, Plays & Players Theater. The seven-day festival features 30 new original comedy shows, fake…

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MACBETH (Arden): Bloody bold and resolute [critical mass review #1]

Burns maintains the energy and pacing of his best work for Quintessence and takes full advantage of the Arden’s high production values to create an exuberant and understandable version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Critical Mass: Arden’s MACBETH introduces a new feature on Phindie

Readers of Phindie will know that I’m a big fan of William Shakespeare. Yet in the Fall, when I got an invitation to see a favored young Shakespeare group, Revolution…