While perusing the pop culture section of Bill Simmons’ Grantland site a couple weeks ago, I came across a piece by contributor Sean Fennessy detailing an interesting event…View More Gimmickry in Theater
Writing a play review, a brief critical account of an actual performance, involves making an evaluation.View More “Reviewing a Play”
The historic High Pressure Fire Service Building on the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard will have a new life as the permanent headquarters…View More Philadelphia FringeArts Unveils Plans for its New Headquarters
Here are my annual picks for the best of Philadelphia theater: Best Play: August: Osage County (Arden) Honorable mention: The Island (Lantern) Best Actor, Male: Frank…View More Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12
Just came across this quote by the great Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca: The theater is one of the most expressive and useful…View More A theater which has been destroyed…
Philadelphia theater is rich in its diversity and output, with over 100 companies presenting thousands of performances every year. The city boasts a long-standing tradition…View More An overview of the Philly theater scene
The Barrymore Awards ceremony is tonight, and I’m not there, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own opinions about the best actors and…View More Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2010-2011
This hugely influential Philadelphian was responsible for everything from Little Bighorn to the Crash of 1873.View More Jay Cooke: The Philadelphia banker who funded the Civil War, caused one of the nation’s biggest financial collapses, and founded Penn State Abington
I began to attend Philadelphia theater in earnest about a decade ago, in my early mid-twenties. Consistently, my companion and I would be the youngest…View More Old People and Theater (VIGIL at Lantern)
I’ve been a lover of the stage as long as I can remember. Mostly this love has been realized as a patron of local theaters.…View More Theater People vs. Theater Critics…The Ultimate Debate
I’ve been a lover of the stage as long as I can remember. Mostly this love has been realized as a patron of local theaters.…View More Why’s Everyone Such a Critic?
IS it just a little strange that in a festival with a theme of Paris 1910–20, few of the shows and none of the literature seem to mention that there was a little war going onView More World War What? Did PIFA forget a little something in its celebration of Paris 1910-20?
In the not distant past, I was watching a dance performance, which I was enjoying, and I couldn’t help thinking—if this dance company was caught…View More Dance and Music Rights, or When Were You Planning To Pay For That Music, Friend?
Baseball in Philadelphia is riding on a wave of success by the hometown Phillies, winners of four straight National League East titles and two of…View More In the Swing: A Brief History of Baseball in Philadelphia
We know about the plays, at least if we have read them. But how much do we know about ancient stages? We’ve asked PPAA classics…View More Five Technical Things About Ancient Roman Comedic Stages You Were Dying To Know
Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his…View More Updike’s guide to reviewing
How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it,…View More Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us
I want to talk about shows in theatre and dance that deal with the audience head on. In other words, works that acknowledge the existence…View More Meta is Dead. Long Live Meta.
The back streets of Kensington may not have much in common with HollywoodView More California Fresh: New theater company launches in Kensington arts space
Philadelphia is in the United States, so I’ve decided that theater should be spelled theater, not the English/French theatre. Right.View More It’s “theater”