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”
Having been inspired last time around to write one of PPAA’s most popular articles “What Learned From GQ Today,” I thought I might mine the current issue…View More What I learned from GQ this time around
Yeah, so it seems a shitload of people spent the night in Philadelphia in 2010. According to an Inquirer article/industry press release from Feb 19, “Philadelphia filled…View More Did you see that thing about how last year Philly hotels had more guests than ever before?
My dance vocabulary is limited, so please forgive me as I redefine terms for my own benefit. When I say conceptual dance, I am referring…View More Conceptual Dance and Star Power
I was producing a Fringe show last year, and I had an Equity actor (Actors’ Equity is the union for theatre actors). No problem, my…View More Philly needs an Equity Showcase—sound the horn!
Cliff Lee made an appearance at the Philadelphia Auto Show, and it was the top story on the evening news. (Since this is a performing…View More Can we get Cliff Lee to a play?
Another Sondheim revival is not what will put Philly on the theater map.View More So I was looking at the PTI website the other day . . .
For those of you familiar with my appearance, you may be surprised to learn that I have a subscription to GQ. Fear not, I do…View More What I learned from GQ today
August 2 saw the announcement of the 2010 Barrymore Awards. I only saw about 25 plays by 10 companies this season, so my pool of…View More Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2009-2010
Black baseball in Philadelphia has roots that go back to the end of the Civil War.View More Octavius Catto and the Pythians of Philadelphia
I’ve never acted, except for a brief cameo in a high school musical on which I was working back stage. I have never studied acting,…View More Philadelphia Theatre Reviews