Reviews

Beautiful, and utterly pointless.

THE LION KING (dir. Jon Favreau): Beautiful and utterly pointless

A film review of the CGI live action remake

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Circus in Sketch: XOXO MOONGIRL (Almanac)

An acrobatic show with a slightly humorous, yet a serious smirk that hides a dark story

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THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (REV Theatre): Put on the Dog!

“…there’s a dog already biting,—’s conscience.” ~ Dog in The Witch of Edmonton REV Theatre kicks up the heat in the 17th century THE WITCH OF EDMONTON; a play based…

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SUMMER SERIES 2019 (BalletX): BalletX brings The Little Prince to life

This contemporary ballet of a classic children’s book is immediately understandable for children, but also poignant and thought-provoking for adults.

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ROMEO AND JULIET (Royal Ballet): Live ballet at the cinema

A live recording from Royal Opera House gives American audience a rare chance to see a classic ballet

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What Peaches and What Penumbras! A musical play concludes Whitman at 200

The last big Whitman at 200 event was Oscar Visits Walt, a musical play about the meeting of two gay poets, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman.

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ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS COMPANY: From the Feminine Gaze

Anne-Marie Mulgrew presented her dance company’s 33rd home season concert at the Performance Garage on June 14 and 15.

Trudy (Amanda Schoonover) Mrs. Seizmagraff (Tina Brock) and Betty (Kirsten Quinn) Photo by Johanna Austin

BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION (IRC): A terribly funny nightmare of a beach trip

For their June show, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium decided to take on a grotesque play by Christopher Durang which Tina Brock directed. Brock herself has the prime comedic role of…

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Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN (Surflight Theatre): 60-second review

This HOLIDAY INN is very, very impressive for a regional seashore show, in fact it would be impressive anywhere,

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5B (dir. Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss): Film review

Here in America, we pride ourselves on being open-minded, caring, and unwilling to back down in the face of adversity. We are the arbiters of ethical conduct and the punishers…

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A Hidden Gem: Bryan Koulman Dance Company 2019 Annual Performance

There was one small signboard at the sidewalk of the Performance Garage. The door was closed with just dimmed lighting through windows. Not so much of announcements or advertisements on…

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DARK PHOENIX (dir. Simon Kinberg): Film review

Production flaws aside, Dark Phoenix is just boring.

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BOOKSMART (dir. Olivia Wilde): Film review

The obvious point of comparison for Booksmart would be Superbad,

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MY SON (dir. Christian Carion): Film review

MY SON steadfastly refuses to give in to the catharsis of revenge

Albert Gordon in Trigger Touch Fade. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (dir. Rob Letterman): Film review

It exists. I watched it. It was fine.

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Tiffany Townsend as Brenda, Sophia Hunt as Faith in EMPTY THE HOUSE. Credit: William Brown Photography.

A dilettante at large reviews RIDERS TO THE SEA/ EMPTY THE HOUSE (Curtis Opera)

Theater critic extraordinaire Toby Zinman continues her forays into other art forms with a visit to Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre to see two one-act operas presented by the Curtis Opera Theatre

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UNTITLED (Inis Nua): Brother, Name, Destiny—The American premiere of Inua Ellams’ drama

Two brothers must find each other before they can find themselves.

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Official Secrets (dir. Gavin Hood): Film review

Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a low-level British Intelligence translator, Katherine Gun, found herself privy to information which indicated high-level corruption. A joint US/UK spying operation was put…