I HATE HAMLET: (Allens Lane): Theater on theater

Allens Lane Theater company, directed by Mariangela Saavedra offers an evening of community fun with I HATE HAMLET, a lighthearted comedy about theater’s favorite topic: theater. The piece was written…

CARMEN (Opera Philadelphia): Color and excitement

nspired by by the resetting of their 2015 production of La Traviata, director Paul Curran and set/costume designer Gary McCann team up again to bring CARMEN to a nearer past, set in a beautiful Havana-esque 1950’s.

THE WOMEN OF IRELAND (Irish Heritage Theater): Short Irish classics

From modern to historic, tragic to fantastic, THE WOMEN OF IRELAND views the feminine from many angles, creating a fleshed out sculpture of Irish life.

PAssing Strange Wilma Theater

PASSING STRANGE (Wilma): A worthwhile caricature of art

The performers leave a bright impression in a play that’s a caricature of life and art,

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (Casabuena Cultural Productions): The classic Christmas ghost story, retold

Tom Mula’s reimagining of the classic Dickens tale is a good fit for this family friendly company. The slightly anachronistic humor gets laughs, and a warm-hearted ending captures the essence…

SYMPHONY FOR A BROKEN ORCHESTRA (Temple Contemporary): One kid’s trash…

Four hundred musicians gathered at the 23rd Street Armory on Sunday night to perform on a wide array of broken instruments

TRIAGE (Bent Antennae): 2017 Fringe review

TRIAGE is a loosely formed conceit in which a manic-fairy-pixie host wearing a gas mask prances around, forcing the audience to watch bad improv. It’s as fun as it sounds….

I, PEASEBLOSSOM (Curio): 2017 Fringe review

I, PEASEBLOSSOM is a lark, even compared to its light-hearted inspiration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 2017 Fringe review

A beautiful spectacle, full of humor, sadness, joy and handstands

STRANGE TENANTS (Sam Tower + Ensemble): 2017 Fringe review

STRANGE TENANTS is a genre-busting production couched in a classic setting.

APPROACHING HAPPINESS (Krish Mohan): 2017 Fringe review

APPROACHING HAPPINESS WITH KRISH MOHAN is preaching to the choir

MARX IN SOHO (Iron Age Theatre): 2017 Fringe review

Marx has returned from heaven to explain his now distorted ideas and ideals to a modern audience.

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…

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

A great play for history buffs and hibernophiles.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

Bi Jean Ngo and Mina Kawahara in YOU FOR ME FOR YOU. Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU (Interact): Sisters in different worlds

This thoughtful production changes how we see the world and ourselves

AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

I GO ON SINGING (Annenberg Center Live): Sing on

In his touring one-night show I GO ON SINGING, Anthony Brown gives a heartfelt performance about one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished citizens.

WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.