Reviews

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US (dir. Jordan Peele): Film review

The most important thing about Us is that it is absolutely fucking terrifying.

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THE GODS OF COMEDY (McCarter Theatre): 60-second review

A charming comedy buried under an avalanche of frenetic activity

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HOME PROJECT-IMMIGRANT JOURNEYS (KYL/D): Promoting diversity through identity at Teatro Esperanza

The performance follows a week long residency by the company at Esperanza Academy which included masterclasses, workshops, and guided discussions.

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Love Triangle: Stacie Bono on her role in MISS SAIGON

The heat is on in Saigon as MISS SAIGON makes its way to the Academy of Music for its Philadelphia premiere.

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LASHED BUT NOT LEASHED (Martha Graham Cracker): A dilettante at large sees the new revue

Martha Graham Cracker (aka Dito von Reigersberg) is back in Philly for only three shows

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YARDIE (dir. Idris Elba): Film review

Dan Scully reviews the new film by actor Idris Elba.

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THE INVISIBLES (dir. Claus Räfle): Film review

All of this actually happened, and relatively recently to boot.

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KODO: A dilettante at large enjoys the Japanese drum troup

Toby Zinman feels the Japanese rhythms of KODO drum troupe.

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GISELLE (PA Ballet): A ballet of true love

Angel Corella’s restaging preserves the tradition of the classic ballet and manifests true love onstage.

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DA (Irish Heritage Theatre): Father and son

In DA, a writer has reached the “go back home” stage of the writer’s life cycle.

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GEM OF THE OCEAN (Arden): A thing of beauty

GEM OF THE OCEAN is about a lot of things, including race, mysticism, and murder.

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TRIPLE FRONTIER (dir. J.C. Chandor): Film review

A tale about men with little to lose and everything to gain,

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CAPTAIN MARVEL (dir. Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck): Film review

What should’ve been a paean to girl power is instead a bland, by-the-numbers product of the Marvel machine.

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BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS (Azuka Theatre): Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together —Vincent Van Gogh When Bob is born and immediately deserted in a White Castle restaurant bathroom, an employee…

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26 PEBBLES (Allen’s Lane): People power

A play which powerfully purveys distinct, upfront viewpoints and perceptions unlike any other medium.

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GRETA (dir. Neil Jordan): Film review

I say women were “placed” in these roles when what I really mean is “stuffed.”

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JOHNNY DEPP (Val Dunn & Jenna Kuerzi): A Valentine date with late-stage capitalism

I didn’t dare to tell anyone what “Depp” means to German-speakers, as I didn’t want to spoil the most unusual Valentine’s date I had in my entire life. Yes, Johnny…

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What A Lark: The dilettante at large has A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Opera Philly

Visually, musically, and vocally gorgeous, this is a delectable MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Opera Philadelphia): Fairy magic and flying beds

Benjamin Britten’s music still sounds wonderfully imaginative and modern

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BOX CLEVER (Inis Nua): 60-second review

With BOX CLEVER, Inis Nua has done the impossible: make bureaucracy theatrical.