Reviews

Jered McLenigan, Ed Swidey and Keith Conallen.

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (Wilma): A contemporary classic, in three parts

Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD is perhaps the most ubiquitous work of postmodern drama.

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FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS (Act II): 60-second review

Act II set a new standard for closing out an excellent season. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS by Gerard Allessandrini is hands down hilarious. Tony Braithwaite, Elena Camp, Jeffrey Coon, and…

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I PROMISED MYSELF TO LIVE FASTER (Pig Iron): 60-second review

An absurd sci-fi epic with countless phallic symbols and absolutely no sense of “too much”. What more could you ask for?

The Letter of Last Resort by David Greig. Directed by Claire Moyer, with Adam Rzepka and Susan Giddings. October 2nd, 3rd, 5th 2014.

THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT (Inis Nua): Tastefully staged pub theater

Inis Nua brings pub theater to Philly with it’s delectable production of David Greig’s THE LETTER OF LAST RESORT

Trent Blanton (background left), Andy Phelan, and Jessica DalCanton in Passage Theatre Company’s THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE (Photo credit: Michael Goldstein)

THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE (Passage): A cosmic consideration of post-modern parenthood

In Passage Theatre Company’s world-premiere production, the conditions needed for a post-modern couple to create life are no longer as limited as they once were

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. . . BARRY SEAL (Thaddeus Phillips/FringeArts): Smile and a wink

Thaddeus Phillips plays Barry Seal, a real-life, infamous drug smuggler-turned-DEA-informant who eventually gained the ire of both smugglers and government agents.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (BRT): Pollution and politics

Henrik Ibsen’s classic gets a beautiful production at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

Owen Pelesh, Denise Whelan, Ellie Mooney and Scott Langdon. Photo by Sabina Louise Pierce

I LOVE A PIANO (Walnut): A Berlin marathon

Conceived with a book by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley, I LOVE A PIANO is a valentine to Irving Berlin music through the ages

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LET THE DOG SEE THE RABBIT (LRS): A conceptual look at humans looking at animals

The experimental work is a three-part meditation on the life and death of animals under the domination of the human gaze.

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DON QUIXOTE (Hedgerow): Cervantes’ knight errant rides anew

The fanciful adventures of knight errant Don Quixote and loyal his sidekick Sancho Panza are refreshingly revived.

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SPEECH AND DEBATE (Azuka): 60-second review

Azuka Theatre found a theatrical goldmine in the world of high school misfits with its 2012 production of J.C. Lee’s Pookie Goes Grenading, and finds rich rewards returning to this vein with…

Kyra Baker, Newton Buchanan, Andrew J. Carroll, Aetna Gallagher, and Doug Greene in NOISES OFF. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

NOISES OFF (Curio): Utter nonsense, superbly structured and out of control

Michael Frayn’s enormously popular 1980s play is a zany farce about doors and sardines, relationships, and mistakes.

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BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) (PTC/Long Wharf): Telling an urban tragedy

An admirable attempt to address the contemporary and timely tragedy of urban violence that doesn’t quite manage to ring true.

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet. | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS (PA Ballet): Perfect for Mother’s Day

Most balletomanes credit Balanchine with capturing the American spirit in ballet, but to me it’s Jerome Robbins who deserves the accolades.

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PLANT ME HERE (Brat): Sound and fury

Brat Productions’ PLANT ME HERE presents a saccharine dream of ruin and rebirth.

John Jackowski, Jessica Doheny, Maureen Corson, and Paul McElwee star in Ritz Theatre Company’s GOD OF CARNAGE (Photo credit: Chris Miller)

GOD OF CARNAGE (Ritz): Funny fissures in the façade of civilization

In GOD OF CARNAGE, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s 90-minute award-winning black comedy, it doesn’t take long to demonstrate the old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,…

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That’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man: RAW ONION REVIVAL (IRC) actors become their own critics

Every actor has experienced theater critics who got things a little wrong. Here’s their chance to peel their own onion.

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BILOXI BLUES (People’s Light): Coming of age in WWII

Though entertaining as a comedy, BILOXI BLUES contains an important message about fighting “the good war” abroad, while many struggles against injustice remain on the home front.

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DUST (Megan Bridge/FringeArts): All we are

Evidence of life. Enemy of the domestic goddess. Culprit of hay fever. The stuff we’re all destined for. DUST has connotations both mundane and eternal.