Reviews

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BETRAYAL (Lantern): Reversal of fortunes

Pinter’s use of reverse chronology highlights depths beyond the quiet drama and sedate setting.

Angel Sigala & Rita Castagna in BONNIE AND CLYDE.
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Barbies Before the Fact: A dilettante at large sees new exhibitions at the PMA

A dilettante at large considers two exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Piffaro Presents a 16th-Century French Noel

The exquisite program notes took the audience as close to the sixteenth century French Noel midnight mass as possible

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THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): 50 years of a holiday treat

The Nutcracker is not just a lovely holiday tradition. It’s am ambassador for ballet, gaining fans who have never been to seen ballet before.

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COMPLETENESS (Theatre Exile): Algorithms and geek romance

Seduction by examples of computational intractability

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THE AUDIENCE DISTURBS MARCEL’S BATHTIME AND HE’S VERY UPSET WITH YOU ALL (Tiny Dynamite): 60-second review

Tiny Dynamite’s A Play A Pie A Pint makes a welcome return with a smart and silly one-man show

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A dilettante at large considers Philly After Dark at the Athenaeum

A whimsical and educational show combining images of the city by moonlight, gaslight, electric light, fire and lightning.

Lyam David Kilker (who shares the role with Bejamin Snyder) as Oliver and Jacob Entenman as The Artful Dodger. Photo by Shawn May.

OLIVER! (Quintessence): Eat gruel, get pickpocketed, and become an orphan

Stepping back to a Victorian workhouse with Quintessence Theatre Group.

Aiello and a puppet. Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

ONWARDS & UPWARDS (Company Aiello): A story of immigration and acceptance

We meet flatulent Italian Spazzolino, a wooden migrant to the New World, step into a barber shop with talking combs, and hear about the struggles of travel from simply constructed dolls.

Marguerite Donlon's "The Last Lifeboat". Pictured:  Skyler Lubin and Richard Villaverd. 
Photo by Vikki Sloviter.

FALL SERIES 2018 (BalletX): Three varied, compelling world premieres

The original works testify to the skills of the BalletX dancers and the abilities of new generations of ballet choreographers.

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WINTER WONDERETTES (Walnut Street): The lovely ditzies of winter

Henrik Eger’s entertaining, yet sensitive review of a fun holiday show.

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COLLECTED STORIES (Act II): Friendship in the real world

As we enter the season of unpredictable weather, go to Act II to get their take on the warm and fuzzies mixed with the cold shoulder.

Christiani Pitts & King Kong. Photo Joan Marcus

KING KONG (Broadway Theatre): Going ape on Broadway

We like our fantasies to be readily identifiable as such and to be realistic in their details.

Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

PETITE MORT and World Premieres (Pennsylvania Ballet): Lamentation and Revolution

The exuberant choreography was spectacular, the dancers striking, and the dramatic finale stirred the viewers’ imagination.

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EMPATHY, INC. (dir. Yedidya Gorsetman): Film review

The film explores the lengths that someone will go just to save their reputation and/or bank account.

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A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Arden): Imagining another Nora

Naomi Orwin asks: Would a woman have envisioned a different Nora? A different Torvald?

Sketches by Chuck Schultz.
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BODIED (dir. Joseph Kahn): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The film blogosphere has been alight about Joseph Kahn’s latest feature, Bodied, since its explosive debut at TIFF over a year ago.