Reviews

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TURBINE (Leah Stein/ Mendelssohn Club): Stein’s water-dances power the Water Works

Greek revival structures and riverscape environs inspire an immersive choral-dance work that explores the specific interplay of machinery and nature.

Anita Vasan as and Richard B. Watson as Phinneas Fogg. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (PA Shakespeare): A comic circumnavigation of Verne’s classic

Director Russell Treyz grants quarter to cogent, cohesive storytelling in his production Mark Brown’s adaptation of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

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ONE WAY RED (Dani Solomon): SoLow review

Dani Solomon’s 40-minute sojourn to Mars is inspired by testimonials from folks who are seriously vying for a one way ticket to go to the red planet.

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HUMAN & AUTISMAN (John Cherney): SoLow review

John Cherney weaves a illuminating narrative reflecting on the validity of feeling alone, isolation, autism and the science and nature of universal connectivity

Leonard Haas in I HATE HAMLET at Montgomery Theater. Photo by Angela McMichael.

I HATE HAMLET (Montgomery): Paul Rudnick knows a hawk from a handsaw

I have seen a dozen productions of I HATE HAMLET, including the legendary Broadway staging that induced Evan Handler to complain to Actors Equity against co-star Nicol Williamson. This is one of the best.

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SUPPER, PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (Cardell): A topic tackled with great success

Supper, People on the Move was a well thought out and efficaciously executed choreographic project that called for us to carefully examine the paths people take to conquer new horizons.

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LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 60-second review

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre treat their audiences to a flippin’ fantastic foray into the world of waves and seafaring.

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MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES (People’s Light): It all smells funny in hindsight

The title of Jonatha Brooke’s presentation with music, MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES is literal.

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BE HERE NOW (Bright Invention): SoLow review

Eva Farrell explores being present and mindful through play, and how genuine human connection through art and recreation have uplifted her from childhood trauma.

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SPLEEN (Johnny Smith): SoLow review

Smith reveals the conflicting aspects of his personality in his outwardly funny but internally anguished reactions to the damage done to his body and psyche by a car crash that left him physically and emotionally scarred,

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CONES (Medium): SoLow review

The experience of seeing this play and writing this review have made me think more about the assumptions we make about people, and the value of ensuring that others have everything they need in life.

Greg Wood and Alda Cortese in "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" at People's Light and Theater. (Credit: Mark Garvin)

HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE (People’s Light): Old pros take on a new book

HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE is a story about a life, a biography centered on the changing regard we have for our parents as we see them age.

Jennie Eisenhower and Ben Michael in Arden Theatre's production of PASSION. Photo by Mark Garvin.

PASSION (Arden): Pretty anticlimactic

Excerpted from NealsPaper.com by kind permission. Stephen Sondheim’s musical PASSION comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, Giorgio (Ben Michael), suddenly becomes deeply enamored of the homely, lonely, Fosca (Liz Filios). It…

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SÉANCE WITH INFINITY (Corey Bechelli and Cory Kram): SoLow review

Up and away in the Larchwood Sky Parlor, artists Corey Bechelli and Cory Cram set about channeling energies from beyond tomorrow.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF FOOD (Steve Gravelle): SoLow review

Steve Gravelle is a food enthusiast. He is also an accomplished theater artist. Combine these two major ingredients and you have a recipe for some tasty interactive theater

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BICYCLE FACE (Hannah Van Sciver): SoLow review

Hannah Van Scriver’s SoLow show looks at the changing face of feminism across the centuries

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THE DREAMS WITHIN US (or, ALL DAY AFFAIR) (Frank Nardi): SoLow review

Come in, grab a name tag, pour yourself a cup of coffee – it’s always free! In THE DREAMS WITHIN US – or “All Day Affair” as its working title…

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POST HASTE (Hedgerow): A play in fabulous form

“The best ingredients for likeableness are a happy expression of countenance, an unaffected manner, and a sympathetic attitude.” ~ Emily Post, Etiquette A sparkling performance, Frank E. Reilly’s captivating new…

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IMPROVISATIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE (Graffito): From playful to meditative, Graffito Works movers capture the spirit at Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

It was a blistering hot day in Philadelphia as the newly formed Graffito Works dance had its launch at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. This new dance…

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HANDS UP (Flashpoint): From micro- to macro- aggressions

As the nation mourns the victims of over-zealous policing, Flashpoint Theatre Company’s HANDS UP attempts to make sense of this injustice.