Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in A STEADY RAIN in Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin

A STEADY RAIN (Walnut St): An intense and engrossing cop show

If you’re a fan of TV police procedurals this is the play for you.

The Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo) in WRITTEN ON SKIN. Photos by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia.

A dilettante at large: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Opera Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s premiere drama critic, Toby Zinman knows her theater. Opera, not so much. Here’s her dilettante review of Opera Philadelphia’s WRITTEN ON SKIN.

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REALLY (Theatre Exile): Camera obscura

Discomfort is the name of the game here, but to what purpose?

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SENSITIVE GUYS (InterAct): Satirizing the dialectic of sex

What’s being satirized in this social satire? Good question, with several answers.

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

Daniel Barland in BROKEN STONES at InterAct Theatre. Photo by Kathryn Raines

BROKEN STONES (InterAct): Searching through the meta rubble

What better theatrical vehicle for cynicism than “meta”: how many ways can the playwright fool an audience?

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Walnut): A bell rings

If you’re in the mood for a misty-eyed, life-affirming moment, It’s a Wonderful Life is the show for you.

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BUYER & CELLAR (1812 Productions): The way we are

This is one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction moments. BUYER AND CELLAR is about Barbra Streisand’s basement.

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KINKY BOOTS (national tour at the Academy of Music): Everybody say yeah

Seeing KINKY BOOTS every couple of years turns out to be a semi-good idea

The National Touring Company of WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus.

WICKED (National Tour at Academy of Music): Something wizard this way comes

The sets are lavish, the stagecraft is spectacular, and WICKED satisfies every requirement for a Big Broadway Musical.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): Hiding who you are is likely to be tragic

FUN HOME is both a musical and a family drama; it’s also an activist declaration

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HOW TO USE A KNIFE (InterAct): A sharp new play

Scene one is hilarious; scene two wipes the smile right off your face.

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PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3): Can we live in peace?

A remarkable play navigating the deep waters of philosophy and the shallow waters of adults wearing animal costumes.

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BUZZER (Theatre Exile): We wouldn’t come here if we didn’t live here

A provocative and dismaying story, conveyed through complex characters rather than through statistics and theories

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Forrest Theater): She’s coming for you

They dusted off the rarely used Forrest Theater for this touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a twenty-year-old rock musical which was itself recently dusted off for a 2014 Broadway revival.

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HAND TO GOD (PTC): The human comedy with sock puppets

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

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CABARET (Roundabout Theatre): Tomorrow belongs to…

This brilliant Kander and Ebb show is about the decadence of Weimar Germany and the rise of Nazism

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Walnut): A trivial comedy for serious people

Walnut Street Theatre’s delectable production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST finds just the right tone and style.

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SHITHEADS (Azuka): Nice ride

Azuka’s terrific production of SHITHEADS, a new play by Douglas Williams, details the New York bicycle subculture.

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LIZZIE (11th Hour): Lizzie Borden took an axe

This is what “stifled rage” sounds like. Not so stifled, but certainly enraged.