Reviews

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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.

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URBAN SCUBA: RETRO DIVE (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): A fresh take on old JUNK

Without being gratuitous Sanders’ doesn’t shy away from sexual explicitness on the dance stage, but he’s got the artistic goods (and humor) to back it up.

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STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (InterAct): Rattling cages…

Young Jean Lee’s brave societal exploration brings out the issues of privilege among, you guessed it—straight white men.

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36 VIEWS (Lantern): Using artifice to reveal truths

Visually beautiful and compelling in its coherence, 36 VIEWS weaves these intellectual concepts on the uncertainty of art and life with a wholly original style.

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THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS (Irish Heritage): Human portraits of a bloody struggle

Dives into the lives of Irish tenement dwellers at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising

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[NYC] THE TOTAL BENT (Public Theater): In world premiere in NYC, a messy rocking musical has Philadelphia connections

The action transpires at the nexus of tradition, belief, protest, crass commercialism, and rock ‘n’ roll, shedding light on differing views of the budding Civil Rights movement within the black…

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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM (McCarter): Dance review

For one night only, the Dance Theatre of Harlem appeared on the Matthews Stage of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Amir Randall is Trayvon Martin in THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN at New Freedom Theatre. Photo by ethimofoto.net

THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN (New Freedom): When a play makes you feel something

New Freedom Theatre’s latest teaches us that anger is a valid reaction to any play that depicts racial injustice.

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THE SECRET GARDEN (Arden): Captivating mystery and haunting artistry

A superb cast and creative artistic design bring the story of traumatic loss and joyful renewal to life in the haunting musical adaptation of a Victorian classic.

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THEY EXTRACT! (Alma’s Engine): Love is a verb

In a dystopian future where love is a tangible commodity, Vera and Woolen fight to keep their love for themselves and each other.