THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (EgoPo): A superbly acted historical anecdote

EgoPo Classic Theater continues its foray into classics of American drama with a focus on female playwrights.

Scott Sheppard and Matteo Scammell in HOLDEN. Photo by

Holden (George + Co.): Violence in the 21st

In George + Co.’s HOLDEN, J. D. Salinger hasn’t published another book since two assassins blamed his The Catcher in the Rye for their own acts of violence.


TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE (DTC): A Las Vegas lounge life

A revue, and review, of performer Maurice Hines’s life.

Photo by Mark Garvin.

METAMORPHOSES (Arden): A swim with the gods

This visceral production explains why humans act the way that we do, and reveres love as the most sacred of experiences.


CLOSER (Eagle): Words are not enough

Patrick Marber is a master of words. But in this production words, well composed as they are, are not enough.

Sean Bradley, Krista Apple-Hodge, Brandon Pierce, and Clare O’Malley in METAMORPHOSES. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Diving into METAMORPHOSES: A watery stage takes shape at the Arden

A look at the building of the impressive set for the Arden production of METAMORPHOSES.

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Old Friends and Frequent Collaborators Get HOOKED! An interview with Tom Reing and Charlie DelMarcelle

Director Tom Reing and actor Charlie DelMarcelle talk about their childhood, their collaborations, and Inis Nua’s upcoming production of HOOKED!


A New 120 DAYS OF SODOM has Something for Everyone! (If everyone’s a fan of utter depravity)

Most books which were considered sexually scandalous at the time seem positively anodyne when read in the early 21st century. Marquis de Sade’s novels still make for discomforting reads.

Photo by Shawn May.

ROMEO AND JULIET (Quintessence): What fray was here?

In the eyes of director Alexander Burns this doomed romance never stood a chance.


GYPSY (Media Theatre): Everything’s coming up roses

GYPSY is an often produced classic for good reason and is terrific as Mama Rose in the Media Theatre’s production.


V TO X (GoKash): Truth behind bars

This world premiere play takes a deeply affecting look at the social carnage caused by mass imprisonment.

Mary Beth Shrader and Brock Vickers.

BULLSHOT CRUMMOND (Hedgerow): On-target farce

Mark Tallman’s brisk, amiable production moves easily between farcical comedy and intuitive and intelligent theater.

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Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

HEDDA Gets Styled to Rock: Interview with designer Autumn Kietponglert

TV-famous fashion designer Autumn Kietponglert created a gorgeous mourning dress for an upcoming production of HEDDA GABLER.

Nathan Foley, Charlotte Northeast,  Sarah Fraunfelder and Damon Bonetti in GOD OF CARNAGE.
Photo by Angela McMichael

GOD OF CARNAGE (Montgomery Theater): A rich unraveling

Civilization is not easy to maintain. One knock and the lapse of a moment can set it off kilter.

Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont and Lisette Oropesa as Violetta in Opera Philadelphia’s LA TRAVIATA (Photo credit: Kelly & Massa)

LA TRAVIATA (Opera Philadelphia): A stunning new design and a stellar new Violetta

A refreshed rendition of Verdi’s tragic opera features the impressive house and role debut of Lisette Oropesa as the titular “fallen woman” and a stunning design that purposefully pairs the distant past with recent times.

Harry Smith (Photo credit: Xanthe Elbrick)

From the UK to Philadelphia to Broadway: An interview with actor Harry Smith

British-born actor Harry Smith talks about his background in the UK, his life and career in Philadelphia, and his upcoming debut on Broadway.

Megan Nicole Arnoldy and Paul Schaefer in HIGH SOCIETY. Photo by Mark Garvin.

HIGH SOCIETY (Walnut): A curious Philadelphia Story

A curiously performed version of Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary rearranging and cheapening of The Philadelphia Story.


What Theater Can Do that TV Can’t

The success of TV is based on its ability to entertain. Theater must be its own medium. It must say new things, create new forms, eschew entertainment in order to challenge, and let audiences turn on their minds.

Rene Goodwin as Sister Katherine Drexel.

The Pope, the Writer, and the Saint: Catholic theater for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia

Audiences in town to see the Pope are treated to a play by a Philadelphia playwright about a Philadelphia saint.


Sowing a Parable for our Times: Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER as a concert

Octavia Butler’s dystopian future seems especially relevant. Can we find respite in comradeship and song?