Reviews

Ensemble in Arden Theatre Company's production of MACBETH. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Numb from the neck down, well almost [critical mass review #3]

Jessica Foley gives this week’s critical mass take on MACBETH at the Arden, part of a new review series on Phindie.

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Lantern): Capturing the passion and the parody

Director Charles McMahon equates the hot-blooded battle of wills between Kate and Petruchio with the intense, sensual, and stylized dance of the tango.

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RASHOMON (Luna): Kurosawa on the stage

Luna’s adaptation of one of the finest films ever made doesn’t dare to change enough to be much more than a translation of Kurosawa’s movie.

Kirsten Quinn and Renee Richman-Weisband in Isis Productions’ COLLECTED STORIES (Photo credit: Kristine DiGrigoli)

COLLECTED STORIES (Isis): Lifting the mothballed veils of secrecy

Donald Margulies’s shocking intergenerational encounter COLLECTED STORIES is given a brutal performance at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio

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YOUNG VOICES MONOLOGUE FESTIVAL 2015 (InterAct): The maturity of Millennials

Baby Boomers are certain that Millennials are nothing but lazy, uncultured slackers. The YOUNG VOICES FESTIVAL blasts that idea into smithereens.

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MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Temple Theater): Parties and excess

The young talent the school is grooming stands out in the Temple Theater production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

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FIELD HOCKEY HOT (11th Hour): A champion of laughter

One does not know what to expect when walking into a production revolving around sports. Many seem to believe that sports and theater do not belong in the same sentence….

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MACBETH (Arden): Fast but not furious [critical mass review #2]

Alexander Burns’ production of MACBETH at Arden Theatre Company is energetic and visually engaging, but it lacks ferocity and substance.

Alf Eger looking proudly at his bride Gritt on a German train, 1941.

METRONOME TICKING (Henrik Eger/Bob Spitz): Human beings on both sides of the Holocaust

METRONOME TICKING intertwines the memoirs a Holocaust survivor with the personal letters of an ambitious Third Reich propaganda officer to tell a story of love and empathy in the time of the Holocaust.

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Walnut): Ten little soldier boys having lots of fun

Agatha Christie has always been a theatrical guilty pleasure, like sitting down with a nice genre book or singing along to top 40

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BASKERVILLE (McCarter): An entertaining trip to Dartmoor

Ken Ludwig taps literature’s most iconic detective with BASKERVILLE, a funny, inventive, entertaining take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Stephen Fala and Tori Mittelman as Patrick and Maggie Clancy in LAFFERTY’S WAKE at Society Hill Playhouse (Photo credit: Michelle Pauls)

LAFFERTY’S WAKE (Society Hill Playhouse): “For God’s sake, you got to laugh a little!”

Society Hill Playhouse celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a seasonal revival of Susan Turlish’s musical-comedy send-up of the Irish,

Visible Fictions’ Tim Settle and Simon Donaldson perform JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (People’s Light): A playful retelling for all ages

Scotland’s Visible Fictions brings a child-friendly version of the Greek myth of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, adapted by Robert Forrest, to People’s Light & Theatre Company

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MACBETH (Arden): Bloody bold and resolute [critical mass review #1]

Burns maintains the energy and pacing of his best work for Quintessence and takes full advantage of the Arden’s high production values to create an exuberant and understandable version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Kirsten Quinn and Renee Richman-Weisband star in Isis Productions’ COLLECTED STORIES (Photo credit: Kristine DiGrigoli)

COLLECTED STORIES (Isis): When “What happens in Vegas” doesn’t stay in Vegas

An off-the-record conversation between an established author and her graduate student assistant becomes the basis for an increasingly adversarial examination of professional ethics, artistic license, and personal betrayal.

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MOON CAVE (Azuka Theatre): Eclipse of the mind

Playwright Douglas Williams gives us a view into the life and psyche of a young man haunted by horrific events from his past.

Tamara Anderson as Oda Mae Brown with Anna Giordano as Molly in GHOST. Photo by Maura McConnell.

GHOST (Media Theatre): Animating a corpse

Director Jesse Cline doesn’t let GHOST’s musical or lyrical deficiencies stand in his way of making involving theater.

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SWAN LAKE (PA Ballet): An enduring classic

If you want to see the traditional ballet form challenged but simultaneously upheld then Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic is just the ticket.

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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Curtis Opera Theatre/Opera Philadelphia): Clowns and opera collide

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La Bête” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th century works to mind.

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Lawton), Mrs. Meekly (Gerri Weagraff), and Todd (Jake Blouch) can't
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"Unnecessary Farce," now extended until March 29. Photo by Mark Garvin.

UNNECESSARY FARCE (Act II): 60-second review

A stakeout goes awry with hilarious consequences in UNNECESSARY FARCE at Act II Playhouse.