THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (People’s Light): An intense retelling of a familiar story

David Bradley’s production of this classic is a sterling example of a strong scripts coupled with a great ensemble.

MARIE ANTOINETTE (Curio): You say you want a revolution?

Danton, Marat, Robespierre, and their ilk have mostly been forgotten, while the guillotined Marie retains fame.

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Frank Ferrante can turn into his boyhood and current idol, Groucho Marx, on a dime.

NEXT TO NORMAL (Media Theatre): Powerful and poignant

Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and poignant.

MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light): A sorority of acting talent

A delightful comedy that shows an evening and morning in the lives of four sisters

TOMFOOLERY (Act II): Rediscovering the satire of Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is the smartest, most devilish, most perceptive, and most funny of the editorial songwriters

SIDE SHOW (Media Theatre): Coming together on a small stage

SIDE SHOW is a tricky piece, but there was much to savor at Media Theatre’s production

Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light): Festive wake-up

The Grimmish fairy tale kingdom is transformed to Paoli Shoals, a town depressed by the collapse of a once-thriving recording industry

DISGRACED (McCarter): No disgrace here

A divinely thorough production of an honest, far reaching play.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE (BRT): Fall to pieces over Patsy

Someone should sit down and write a dozen Country tunes for Jessica Wagner to record in the style of Patsy Cline.

ELECTRA (Villanova): Sophocles gets electrified

Review of Sophocles’ Electra at Villanova Theatre

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Lantern): Thought-provoking amusement

In a Philadelphia theater season with an auspicious beginning, this production of MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION might be the most auspicious of all.

BATHING IN MOONLIGHT (McCarter): In the pale moonlight

While Nilo Cruz broaches some interesting subjects and often provides his characters with profound things to say, his world premiere play never takes off dramatically.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Media Theatre): Atmospherically moody production

Loveliness and tenderness that breaks through the surface coldness are the hallmarks of the Media’s production of this delicate but sweepingly romantic musical.

ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION (Act II Playhouse): A vote-getter

Puns, pokes, and irreverent portrayals take the place of debating issues

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Hedgerow): Finding Sherlock

Thank goodness for Brock D. Vickers. In adapting one of Conan Doyle’s most popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, he kept the intense tone of the original.