Reviews

MY GENERAL TUBMAN (Arden): Ancestors calling

Time travel as spiritual reality and a throbbing moral obligation

THE GENTLEMEN (dir. Guy Ritchie): Film review

Ritchie is celebrating a welcome return to form, complete with bullets, Brits, and enough creative uses of the word “cunt” to make your grandmother shake her head in shame

THURGOOD (Walnut Street): A supreme life

Johnnie Hobbs Jr. stars in a biographical play about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

THE VERTICAL HOUR (Lantern): Still means something

David Hare has the uncanny knack of being able to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

CHESS: THE MUSICAL (11th Hour): Cold War on the board

The precision and sense of drama makes you almost forget this is a concert and not a fully staged production.

CATS (dir. Tom Hooper): A sin against theater, film, cats, and humanity

Maybe one day I’ll be able to scrape its rancid essence from my memory entirely. 

THE SNOW QUEEN (Arden Children’s Theatre): Not a sugar-coated fairy tale

“In the realm of the unknown, kids and adults have pretty much the same needs: courage, resilience, protection.” 

Natalia Kazaryan at the APS: Champion pianist champions undervalued composers

The three gems sound quite modern more than 100 years after they were written.

TYDINGS TREW (Piffaro): Shining with warmth and light

Is it anachronistic to seek out Renaissance music in this age of cybernetics?

George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): Much more than a holiday tradition

A brilliant NUTCRACKER shows the company’s heightened artistry.

SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL (Forrest Theatre): An Unlikely Hero

Philadelphia gets a visit from Bikini Bottom in Spongebob the Musical.

FALL SERIES (BalletX): Stellar ballet

An unexpected holiday show from BalletX

LITTLE JOE (dir. Jessica Hausner): Film review

A high concept, a solid design, and more than a few creepy moments rooted in existential terror, but struggles to fill a feature-length run-time

LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD (People’s Light): What is a panto?

Takeaway: Bring your kids to this unique Philadelphia area tradition!

[nyc] A New(ish) EVITA at New York City Center

Director Sammi Cannoid brings a lot of thought to the Webber/Rice juggernaut EVITA. Can the show’s libretto handle it?

AWAY (dir. Gints Zilbalodis): Film review

A terrifying yet starkly beautiful world

[nyc] SLAVE PLAY (Golden Theatre): Process this!

Jeremy O. Harris’ brilliant SLAVE PLAY is designed to shock, provoke, and trigger. It succeeds on all fronts.

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AN ILIAD (Arden): Rage returns to Ilium

A bold, visceral performance giving the strong script its due.

[nyc] YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA (Signature Theatre): Times change

The style—despite a major cast—might be best described as wooden realism