Reviews

VOICES runs at Plays and Players January 29-31, 2015.

VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Plays & Players): This time we have to succeed

VOICES is not just provocative; it is full of infectious hope that this time, united, we really will succeed.

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THE GUN SHOW (Passage): Let me tell you some stories about guns

EM Lewis accomplishes two simultaneous intentions—to tell a story theatrically and to spur perspective on guns.

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THE DIVORCEES CLUB (Penns Landing Playhouse): Le divorce, c’est dommage

Alil Vardar’s THE DIVORCEES CLUB, a comedy from France, has crossed the Atlantic for its USA premiere at Penns Landing Playhouse.

Ben Dibble in DOUBT. Photo by Mark Garvin.

DOUBT: A Parable (Lantern): Some things are certain

It may be daunting for theaters to produce the original theatrical source for a well-regarded movie, but Lantern Theater Company’s DOUBT shows why some plays are worth reclaiming for the stage.

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THE DELICATE HOUR (Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak): 60 minutes from memory

Shanahan writes that her research focuses on new movement language that expands the notions of body beyond those prescribed by Western approaches to dance. N

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): Western sympathies come up against African cruelties

Jen Silverman’s play tells the story of a young woman who has moved to London to escape the dangers of being a lesbian in South Africa.

Kathleen Wallace and Greg Wood in Noël Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

PRIVATE LIVES (Walnut): Who is being mocked?

PRIVATE LIVES, as written by Coward, is funny because it exposes the savagery that exists beneath the polished façade of the English upper class.

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THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct): 60-second review

A thrilling, thought-provoking, wonderfully heart-wrenching play now receiving its world premiere by InterAct Theatre Company.

Davy Raphaely and Bill Van Horn in "A Life in the Theatre" at Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3. Credit: Mark Garvin.

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (Walnut): 60-second review

David Mamet’s amusing A LIFE IN THE THEATRE uses the simple interplay of two actors backstage at a repertory company, to talk about life outside the theater.

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Sex on Stage in FEST (FringeArts) and KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE (American Realness [NYC])

What occurs in a theater when sex happens? Ivo Dimchev’s FEST and Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek’s KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE present two very different looks.

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CLOSER (Luna): The sex is neither sensual nor dirty, it’s tactical

Campbell’s production allows us to see the raw humanity in these people—or, in many cases, the lack thereof.

Jennifer Summerfield, Maryruth Stine, Penelope Reed in ON THE VERGE at Hedgerow Theatre. (Photo credit: Ashley LaBonde of Wide Eyed Studios)

ON THE VERGE (Hedgerow): Self-discovery in the land of the unknown

There are so many layers to uncover in this work. It is a smart and clever piece; more performance art with humor and drama than a traditional comedy.

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HOT ‘n’ COLE: A Cole Porter Celebration! (Mauckingbird): What a swell party it is

Get yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Porter’s musical repartee and stylish insinuation, the swell costumes, and the sophisticated atmosphere.

Harry Smith (left) and Ian Merrill Peakes in "The Body of an American." Photo by Alexander Ilziliaev.

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN (Wilma): War lives in all of us

Did anyone anywhere actually believe that being photographed would take away the soul, or is that the kind of ethnocentric nonsense we need good foreign journalism to counter?

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STOMP (Merriam): Still going strong

Why has STOMP, with its pedestrian costumes and trash yard set, stood the test of time?

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ALICE’s ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Quintessence): Mystifying appearances and disappearances, levitations and mysterious goings-on at Mount Airy’s Sedgwick Theater

For the latest installment in their tradition of performing literary family classics for the holidays, Quintessence Theatre Group brings ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its parade of beloved batty characters to Sedgwick Theater.

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1,1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Family fun?

Ordinarily I wouldn’t recommend JUNK for children, but the company’s 1.1 Holiday Revue Special is just fabulous.

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MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT (Act II Playhouse): 60-second review

Presented in variety-show style with skits, songs, and improv sessions, this show is downright funny.

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PLAID TIDINGS (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

A budding 50s guy group that met an untimely end in an accident find themselves out of their heavenly digs and back on Earth – in front of a live audience.

Keith Conallen as Crumpet in Flashpoint’s THE SANTALAND DIAIRES (Photo credit: Courtesy of Flashpoint Theatre Company)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Flashpoint): The return of a hilarious holiday tradition

Flashpoint Theatre Company brings back its signature show for the holidays, David Sedaris’s THE SANTALAND DIARIES, for a ten-performance pre-Christmas run.