Reviews

SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL (Forrest Theatre): An Unlikely Hero

Philadelphia gets a visit from Bikini Bottom in Spongebob the Musical.

FALL SERIES (BalletX): Stellar ballet

An unexpected holiday show from BalletX

LITTLE JOE (dir. Jessica Hausner): Film review

A high concept, a solid design, and more than a few creepy moments rooted in existential terror, but struggles to fill a feature-length run-time

LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD (People’s Light): What is a panto?

Takeaway: Bring your kids to this unique Philadelphia area tradition!

[nyc] A New(ish) EVITA at New York City Center

Director Sammi Cannoid brings a lot of thought to the Webber/Rice juggernaut EVITA. Can the show’s libretto handle it?

AWAY (dir. Gints Zilbalodis): Film review

A terrifying yet starkly beautiful world

[nyc] SLAVE PLAY (Golden Theatre): Process this!

Jeremy O. Harris’ brilliant SLAVE PLAY is designed to shock, provoke, and trigger. It succeeds on all fronts.

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AN ILIAD (Arden): Rage returns to Ilium

A bold, visceral performance giving the strong script its due.

[nyc] YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA (Signature Theatre): Times change

The style—despite a major cast—might be best described as wooden realism

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[nyc] PUMPGIRL (Irish Repertory Theatre): Things are fine in Irish drama

Everywhere you turn, there’s another Irish play, and each seems better than the last.

MEAN GIRLS (national tour): Doesn’t quite clique

“It’s not Ibsen,” I reminded myself, “It doesn’t have to be Sondheim. Just enjoy the show and have fun!”

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THE LAST MATCH (Lantern): Set points

Playwright Anna Ziegler drops us deep into an intricate game of high-stakes tennis

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Walnut Street): 60-second review

A witty as well as funny musical that brought the happy house game.

SUNSET BABY (Azuka): A shining lead performance

Victoria Aaliyah Goins shines in a new play by a hot young playwright

WORLD PREMIERES (PA Ballet): A diverse program of new work

What is contemporary ballet? Where is it heading? Pennsylvania Ballet offer some answers.

OH MERCY! (orig. “Roubaix, une lumière”) (dir. ARNAUD DESPLECHIN): 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival Review

Suspense is just a side effect to this crime-ridden film that’s not a crime film

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EUREKA DAY (InterAct): 60-second review

Another, brief take on InterAct Theatre’s latest production

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP (Curio): A comedy of labor

Curio’s The Mystery of Irma Vep requires virtuosity. Watching the production turns out to be more exhausting than fun.