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MOON OVER BUFFALO (People’s Light): A few doors short of a farce

Why did People’s Light exhume this largely forgotten play from its well-deserved obscurity?

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THE NEW & IMPROVED STAGES OF GRIEF (Act II): Laughing through tears

Philadelphia’s queen of comedy takes on a dark subject with humor and heart.

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THE NERD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Larry Shue’s 1979 farce has seen better days.

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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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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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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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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 Theatre): Mary’s turn

Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.

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WEST SIDE STORY (Media Theatre): 60-second review

2018 is Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, and theaters around the country are programming his greatest works in his honor. Delaware County’s Media Theatre has taken the safe approach of presenting perhaps…

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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (Act II Playhouse): The same old schtick

A play for people who need to be told how to feel.

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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (PTC): Just another queer tragedy

If you like your gay stories trite and tragic, this is the play for you.

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Local playwright makes good: An interview with Jacqueline Goldfinger

It’s been a banner month for local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

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Soloists of the Metropolitan Opera (Philadelphia Chamber Music Society): The cream of the crop

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society imported a deep bench of talent from New York for its final Sunday afternoon recital of the season.

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Inon Barnatan in recital (Philadelphia Chamber Music Society): Variation as the theme

Pianist Inon Barnatan stepped in for an ailing colleague, offering an exquisite and inventive recital that explored musical variations.

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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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Anthony Heald in GYPSY: Journeyman actor makes his way to Philadelphia

In a casting coup, Anthony Heald has come to Philadelphia to play Herbie in GYPSY at Arden Theatre.

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LA RONDINE (Curtis Opera Theatre): Puccini’s elusive swallows flies to Philly

Curtis Opera Theatre fails to make the case for LA RONDINE as a neglected classic.

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Marriages of Figaro: Opera Philadelphia stars are partners on and off stage

Layla Claire and John Chest appear as Mozart’s unhappily married Count and Countess weeks before their own nuptials.