Mother Emanuel cast. Front LtR, Lauren Morgan, Christopher Augustin, Sabriaya Shipley. Back, Christian Branch. Image by Ethimo Foto.

MOTHER EMANUEL—AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PLAY (New Freedom Theatre): Taking the theater to church

New Freedom Theatre honors Emanuel Nine in new musical by creating a gospel celebration that honors their lives

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PROJECT DAWN (People’s Light): The hug or the hammer

A well-intentioned but dull play about an important legal program in Philadelphia.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): A study in want

There was a perfection to the timing of FUN HOME’s arrival in Philadelphia: Another take on FUN HOME

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Theater in Sketch: HIR (Simpatico)

Simpatico Theatre Company’s production of HIR by Taylor Mac challenges audiences to reconsider preconceptions of gender identity

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Revisiting PARROT TALK: A play distilled mid-run

Those fortunate enough to see both renditions of PARROT TALK witnessed in real-time flow the distillation of creative genius.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

BUDDY: The Buddy Holly StoryJune 24 – July 16Book by Alan JanesMusic and Lyrics by Buddy HollyDirected by Hunter FosterChoreographed by Lorin Latarro

Ritchie Valens in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY: Interview with actor Gilbert Sanchez

GILBERT SANCHEZ speaks about his role as Ritchie Valens in the current production.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): Hiding who you are is likely to be tragic

FUN HOME is both a musical and a family drama; it’s also an activist declaration

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UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

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ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS COMPANY: Marvels in our daily lives

Dance is one of our most natural ways to communicate and express our thoughts.

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Theater in Sketch: HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct)

The InterAct Theater goes behind the scenes of a working kitchen

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Dance in Sketch: Anne-Marie and Dancers Company

This temporal moment is an instant visual image that leaves us with something once the performance is over.

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HIR (Simpatico): We are all everything

Author’s note: Taylor Mac uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. This review reflects Mac’s preference. Taylor Mac’s work is unwieldy and absurdist, challenging and unsettling. These elements often work to…

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DOGS OF RWANDA (InterAct): We are witnesses

A gripping solo play that asks tough questions and rejects easy answers

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS & COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD (Lantern Theater Company): Locked in limbo with literati

The Lantern team transforms an essentially all-talk playscript into an engaging, living piece of theater.

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HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct): A sharp new play

Scene one is hilarious; scene two wipes the smile right off your face.

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MAKING HISTORY (Irish Heritage Theatre): A very human Irish history play

A great play for history buffs and hibernophiles.

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Quincy Tyler Bernstine in INTIMATE APPAREL: Stalwart supporting actor gets chance to shine

Although her name may not sound immediately familiar, Quincy Tyler Bernstine has been a force in theater for nearly two decades.

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GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY