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.

Walnut Street Theatre Meteor Shower review image

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.

Barbies Before the Fact: A dilettante at large sees new exhibitions at the PMA

A dilettante at large considers two exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A dilettante at large considers Philly After Dark at the Athenaeum

A whimsical and educational show combining images of the city by moonlight, gaslight, electric light, fire and lightning.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Broadway tour at Academy of Music): An updated Fiddler

The thrill of a big show-biz production and the feeling of authenticity

A dilettante at large reviews NE QUITTEZ PAS (Opera Philadelphia)

What a complicated evening, filled with gorgeous singing and roiled emotions and puzzling theatrics

HAPGOOD (Lantern): Rising to the challenge of a gleefully complicated spy story

Hapgood is not just a spy story, it’s also a physics story

THE ACCOUNTANT (Trey Lyford): 2018 Fringe review

Do the math. That’s what accountants do, right? The show is 75 minutes long. I looked at my watch about ten times, from which we can deduce by simple arithmetic…

ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): 2018 Fringe review

ECCENTRICITIES is lush, loquacious and very typical Tennessee Williams: lonely, sex-starved women, men struggling against overbearing mothers, desperation everywhere.

MARY ROSE (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): 2018 Fringe review

However crammed your Fringe calendar may be, don’t miss this one.