SHREK THE MUSICAL (Walnut Street): 60-second review

A witty as well as funny musical that brought the happy house game.

SUNSET BABY (Azuka): A shining lead performance

Victoria Aaliyah Goins shines in a new play by a hot young playwright

EUREKA DAY (InterAct): An infectious satire

No easy answers, no good guys/bad guys; it’s life as we cope with it, only funnier.

BURIED CHILD (EgoPo): A powerful production of a difficult play

It’s very satisfying to see this 1978 play revived; it still speaks to us and to the American condition

WOMAN AND SCARECROW (Irish Heritage Theatre): When did this all end in tragedy?

An existential, feminist play of wildly mournful keening, filled with rich Ianguage, intense questions, and rueful comedy

COME FROM AWAY (national tour): Welcome to the Rock

Deeply stirring and mournful, a remarkable accomplishment

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MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (McCarter): Overreaching ambition

Theatrically spectacular but without the marvelous profundity of the source novel

DONNA ORBITS THE MOON (Tiny Dynamite): A long and moving journey

At first it seems to be just another mad housewife story: a church-going, cookie-baking, carpet-vacuuming middle-aged empty nester whose husband works until 11 p.m. and most weekends. But Ian August’s…

The Roommate

THE ROOMMATE (1812 Productions): 60-second review

Where are Oscar and Felix when you really need them?

LET ME DIE (Joseph Keckler): 2019 Fringe review

Spoilers puts it mildly: She dies. He dies. They die.

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METEOR SHOWER (Walnut Street): The sparks don’t fly

Steve Martin was once funny and smart.

IS THIS A ROOM (Tina Satter/Half Straddle): 2019 Fringe review

A brilliant production by Half Straddle based on an FBI transcription

THERE (Wilma): 2019 Fringe review

Visually arresting and aurally haunting, THERE makes rarefied language solid and visceral

THE B-SIDE (The Wooster Group): 2019 Fringe review

Toby Zinman reviews THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation from The Wooster Group

Letter from Edinburgh: A dilettante at large reviews

Toby Zinman reviews shows from the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

CANDIDE (Philadelphia Orchestra): A dilettante at large review

A dilettante at large Toby Zinman reviews Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

A dilettante at large reviews RIDERS TO THE SEA/ EMPTY THE HOUSE (Curtis Opera)

Theater critic extraordinaire Toby Zinman continues her forays into other art forms with a visit to Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre to see two one-act operas presented by the Curtis Opera Theatre

LASHED BUT NOT LEASHED (Martha Graham Cracker): A dilettante at large sees the new revue

Martha Graham Cracker (aka Dito von Reigersberg) is back in Philly for only three shows

KODO: A dilettante at large enjoys the Japanese drum troup

Toby Zinman feels the Japanese rhythms of KODO drum troupe.

What A Lark: The dilettante at large has A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Opera Philly

Visually, musically, and vocally gorgeous, this is a delectable MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.