Reviews

Kristyn Chouiniere and Alice M. Gatling in THE SYRINGA TREE at Theatre Horizon. Photo credit: Matthew J Photography

THE SYRINGA TREE (Theatre Horizon): After all, chameleons are native to South Africa

You can’t have a happy play about apartheid, but the solemn subject matter presents complex ground navigated beautifully with two actors and a sparse stage.

Josh Hitchens in STOKER’S DRACULA (Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy)

STOKER’S DRACULA (Josh Hitchens): 60-second review

Josh Hitchens delivers a spine-chilling tour de force in his solo dramatization of one of the world’s most terrifying horror stories.

Daniel Fredrick as Valentine Coverly with toroise in Lantern Theater Company's production of ARCADIA. Photo by Mark Garvin.

“The Experiment”, part 3: ARCADIA (Lantern)

Michael Fisher continues his multi-part critical consideration of the Lantern Theater Company’s ARCADIA.

Erik Altemus and Kevin Cahoon in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Bucks County Playhouse.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

In true B-movie fashion, the show provides it all – song, dance, drama, comedy, and of course, utterly enjoyable debauchery.

Friendzone? Jennifer Summerfield as Horatio. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

HAMLET (Hedgerow): The play’s the thing

I have some friends who think William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language, but they don’t like going to the theater to see performances of his work. Why,…

Robb Hutter as the Marquis de Sade and Alan Holmes as his priest in Luna Theater Company's production of QUILLS by Doug Wright. Photo by Kate Raines at www.plate3photography.com.

QUILLS (Luna): Sadism never felt so good

This brilliantly twisted, fictionalized look at de Sade’s time in the asylum of Charenton, is now getting a delightfully dark treatment on the new Luna Theater stage.

The Loman family in EgoPo Classic Theater’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN: Ed Swidey (Willy), Mary Lee Bednarek (Linda), Sean Lally (Biff), and Kevin Chick (Happy). Photo by David Cimetta

DEATH OF A SALESMAN (EgoPo): A Jewish take on the classic of American theater

DEATH OF A SALESMAN is often seen as a cultural comment on the American Dream, in EgoPo’s production it is a moving look at a man, his son, and their personal tragedies.

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HENRY V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): Bringing history to life and making learning fun

Aaron Cromie brings his inimitable brand of wit and insight to this exuberant interpretation of HENRY V.

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THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (BrainSpunk): A seasonally spooky treat

Adapted to the stage by Andrew Leslie from Shirley Jackson’s cornerstone horror novel, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a seasonally spooky treat.

Alan Brincks (as Fitzwater), Carlo Campbell (as Northumberland), Lee Croptopassi (as Bollingbrook), James-Patrick Davis (as Richard II), Sean Close (as Aumerle). Photo by Shawn May.

Richard II (Quintessence): Let us sit on the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings

RICHARD II is a richly rewarding play, full of insightful and startling verse, but you might want to read a synopsis before seeing this production.

Carlo Campbell, Ryan Walter (as Audrey), Sean Close (as Touchstone), Lee Cortopassi (as Amiens). (Photo by Shawn May)

AS YOU LIKE IT (Quintessence): Do you not know I am a woman?

Burns and his cast humanize Shakespeare’s characters and provide a smart, jolly time that is tinged with genuine sentiment.

Dave Johnson and J Hernandez in WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Photo credit: Ilana Caplan)

WE CAN ALL AGREE TO PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (Tiny Dynamite and InterAct Theatre Company): A Philadelphia world-premiere comedy

Season 4 of Tiny Dynamite’s month-long happy-hour series A Play, A Pie and A Pint concludes with its first commissioned work.

Mechanical Theater’s MASQUE OF POE features Melissa Amilani in “Hop Frog” (Photo credit: Loretta Vasile)

MASQUE OF POE (Mechanical Theater): A hauntingly powerful evening of storytelling

Mechanical Theater’s Halloween-season offering, MASQUE OF POE, honors its mission of creating theatrical projects designed for Philadelphia’s unique historical settings.

Charlotte Northeast, Maxwell Eddy, Alex Boyle  in ARCADIA (Photo: Mark Garvin)

“The Experiment”, part 2: ARCADIA (Lantern)

Part 2 of Michael Fisher’s multi-part, multi-week consideration of ARCADIA at the Lantern.

Campbell M O'Hare and Krista Apple-Hodge in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN. Photo by Alexander Iziliaez.

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN (Wilma): Feminism, access, and meaning on the stage

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is an exploration of contemporary feminist questions and a story in which those theories are put to a practical test.

William Zielinski and Kevin Bergen in ROW AFTER ROW at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

ROW AFTER ROW (People’s Light): Finding the courage to fight and to heal

Local-born playwright Jessica Dickey considers the humor and heartache of mustering the courage to fight in an insightful comedy about three Civil War re-enactors.

Photo by Mark Garvin.

DETROIT (PTC): Where the American Dream goes to die

“Cities and thrones and powers/ Stand in time’s eye,/ Almost as long as flowers,/ Which daily die:/ But, as new buds put forth/ To glad new men,/ Out of the…

Marcia Saunders and Harry Watermeier star in A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Photo credit: Emma Gibson)

A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Tiny Dynamite and Azuka Theatre Company): A wildly heartwarming week 3 of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell accomplishes the unexpected in his one-act obscenity-laden comedy A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY

A gargoyle overlooks the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary’s TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Photo credit: Krystle Marcellus)

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary): Philadelphia’s top halloween attraction

Now in its 22nd year, this theatrical production ranks among the top haunted-house attractions in the US.

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LITTLE ROCK (Passage Theatre): Integrating history into theater

Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj’s poignant play about nine children who integrate Little Rock’s Central High School creates a lasting impression.