Reviews

Aimé Donna Kelly, Ryan Spahn and Brandon Pierce in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  For Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): All due respect

Holter’s play calls out and subverts the “inspirational white teacher” motif in popular culture because EXIT STRATEGY avoids the Hollywoodization of the decay of America’s public school system.

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EZRALOW DANCE (Dance Affiliates): Showcase of groovy and unpredicted imagination

Daniel Ezralow, the director and choreographer of Ezralow Dance, has been internationally recognized and awarded for his visceral and imaginative work, which includes the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi…

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OR (Hedgerow): love, lust, loyalties and loads of laughter!

Set in London, 1660, Liz Duffy Adams’s rollicking historical romp explores the remarkable life of Aphra Behn, a spy, poet, and England’s first professional female playwright.

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HARVEY (Walnut): Burns slow, then hops right along

The story is a little dated, but that is part of its charm, like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Media): Killing Lee’s mockingbird

In directing Christopher Sergel’s dramatic adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Jesse Cline is uncharacteristically too reverential about the material.

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#THEREVOLUTION (InterAct): The vapid rebellion

What would happen if a bunch of early-20-something city-dwelling music-video-watching lower-middle-class variously privileged poorish Americans launched a violent revolution against the state?

Anthony Crosby and Amanda Schoonover in Simpatico’s THE IT GIRL (Photo credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography)

THE IT GIRL (Simpatico): Sounds of silence that still resonate

A world-premiere fictionalized bio-play on silent-film star Clara Bow captures the era and the lessons of her life and career as seen through a contemporary lens.

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OSCAR WILDE: FROM THE DEPTHS (Lantern): A love that dared not speak its mind

With his brilliant work and tragic arc, Oscar Wilde remains a fascinating figure.

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REVERIE (Drexel Dance Ensemble): Young artistry on display

An anthology showcase, where most of the choreographers and all of the dancers were students.

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ESCUELA (Guillermo Calderón/ FringeArts): You say you want a revolution

A narrowly focused, transportative work about a cell of Marxist revolutionaries, like entering a fading kodachrome snapshot.

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SORRY, BROKEN PIANO (Art Church): Indie shock jock drama

A podcast DJ and his tireless producer on a mission to conquer the late-night dregs-of-society demographic.

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THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (BRT): A poetic parable about the language of love

Julia Cho’s lofty romantic comedy examines the beauty of language and the failure of humans to communicate.

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PINK PUNCH (Art Church): Rosemary’s baby shower—one hell of a weird ride

If the ninth circle of hell decided to host a baby shower, it would resemble something like PINK PUNCH by Cara Blouin.

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Koresh Dance Company and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers perform in a APAP showing.

David Pegram and Stephen Tyrone Williams in THE PIANO LESSON. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

THE PIANO LESSON (McCarter): A fine tune

Baikida Carroll’s PIANO LESSON is August Wilson as it’s meant to be seen.

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GOD BLESS BASEBALL (FringeArts/Toshiki Okada): Explaining the rules of the game

Toshiki Okada’s new play is an allegorically complex performance about baseball that isn’t about baseball.

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN (Act II): 60-second review

What better way to celebrate the cluster that is travel but with a charming show all about it in Ambler!

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FUNNYMAN (Arden): Comedy on the brink of tragedy

A new play by Bruce Graham considers the sadness that often underlies comedy and the need to adapt to changing styles and the struggles of life.

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SOLONELY TOGETHER (Carolyn O’Brien): Finding gems in DIY art

A collection of short pieces by a number of different emerging artists from various disciplines on the subject of loneliness.

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A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN (Walnut): 60-second review

The Walnut’s production reveals the bones of an American classic if never quite fleshes out the potential of the enduring masterwork.