Reviews

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THE DIVINE SISTER (BCP): This play’s a blessing

The beautiful, historic Bucks County Playhouse presents Charles Busch’s highly acclaimed THE DIVINE SISTER.    Charles Busch is renown for his unique works including“Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”, “Die Mommie Die”,…

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ROSEBURG (New City Stage): A difficult thing to talk about

Two stories are retold in parallel structure—the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting.

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When is a film not a film? Beckett’s FILM (1965) and Lipman’s NOTFILM (2015)

Somewhat perplexingly, neither Film nor Notfilm are films nearly to the extent that each is a picture of a feeling.

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SUMMER SERIES 2016 (BalletX): Lost in the unreal moment

Philadelphia’s most innovative and thrilling dance company brings yet another spark to the Wilma Theater.

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BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (BCP): That’ll be the play

f you do anything this summer, go to this amazing experience and make it a night at the beautiful playhouse and see BUDDY.

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THE SUMMER CLUB (Arden): Come swing with us

With all the class of a swank 60s nightclub, Jeff Coon and friends swing in the summer with a Rat Pack-style musical revue

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THE JAWS PROJECT (Robert Daponte, Mary Tuomaney, Sam Henderson): SoLow review

The ensemble’s naturalistic performances and fast-paced dialogue create a very funny play, and the extremely minimal production elements and do-it-yourself approach to theater makes the audience an intrinsic part of the show.

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JULIUS CAESAR (PA Shakespeare): A staging come to steal away your hearts

One must praise Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s CAESAR and do everything to keep it from being buried until the maximum number of people see Patrick Mulcahy’s intelligent, timely production.

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NOT A GIRL… NOT YET A WOMAN (Beyond Dance Company): Dance review

I have no doubt that Johnson and BDC will contribute to the dance scene in Philadelphia.

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LUCID STORY (Gavin Whitt): SoLow review

A provocative premise makes for one Hell of fascinating tale.

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MAGDALENE (Rachel Gluck): SoLow review

Madwoman or mystic? See for yourself…

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SCHOOL PLAY (Tribe of Fools): SoLow review

A hilarious and heart wrenching ode to that little trouble-making anti-hero.

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DREAM SEQUENCE (Noah Levine): SoLow review

I will NOT get distracted by anything­­ — not any of my hobbies, or my sleep deprivation, or this tasty looking banana. What is this banana doing here anyway?

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THE HARASSMENT OF IRIS MALLOY (People’s Light): A male perspective on the socio-economics of sexual politics

A world-premiere play about sexual misconduct, politics, lies, and opportunism considers the economic hardships on single mothers in a culture of winning at all costs.

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JAMAICA (New Freedom): A great big musical full of vibrant colors, delectable lyrics, high spirits, and island vibes

New Freedom Theatre in North Philadelphia is dedicated to presenting productions that illuminate the multifaceted African American experience. Their current production, JAMAICA, is based on a musical that opened on…

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TABLAO PHILLY (Pasión y Arte): Serving Up Tasty Morsals

Each of the three flamenco dancers executed the same movement vocabulary in an entirely distinctive manner.

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HATCH (Birds on a Wire): The expressiveness and diversity of contemporary dance

A contemporary dance program of seven world-premiere short pieces by emerging women choreographers highlighted their stylistic and thematic diversity and expressiveness.

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BALANCHINE & BEYOND (PA Ballet): Experiment and challenge our comfort zone

For the last program of Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2015-2016 season, Angel Corella challenges both the dancers and the audience with the four experimental dances

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TIME IS ON OUR SIDE (Simpatico): Philadelphia’s living history of gay pride and social progress

A world-premiere commission filled with humor and heart considers the history and progress of gay rights in Philadelphia through the lens of a local podcast and the discovery of a revealing artifact.