Reviews

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GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn

Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.

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WEST SIDE STORY (Media Theatre): 60-second review

2018 is Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, and theaters around the country are programming his greatest works in his honor. Delaware County’s Media Theatre has taken the safe approach of presenting perhaps…

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Utopias on the Outskirts: Celia Reisman’s suburban landscapes at Gross McCleaf Gallery

Celia Reisman transforms American suburbs into landscapes of the mind in four stages.

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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (Act II Playhouse): The same old schtick

A play for people who need to be told how to feel.

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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (PTC): Just another queer tragedy

If you like your gay stories trite and tragic, this is the play for you.

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Soloists of the Metropolitan Opera (Philadelphia Chamber Music Society): The cream of the crop

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society imported a deep bench of talent from New York for its final Sunday afternoon recital of the season.

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FRONTERAS (Almanac): An Homage to Whatshername and A Door in the Desert

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre ceaselessly invigorates audiences’ minds through their strength and ability to shape space using acrobatic feats and movement.

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RE/ACTION (Pennsylvania Ballet): Brilliant ballet by divine dancers

The company has gone through drastic changes since last season, some of which may have come with sorrow. Still they never stopped their devotion to ballet and to the Philadelphia art community.

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PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3): Can we live in peace?

A remarkable play navigating the deep waters of philosophy and the shallow waters of adults wearing animal costumes.

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BUZZER (Theatre Exile): We wouldn’t come here if we didn’t live here

A provocative and dismaying story, conveyed through complex characters rather than through statistics and theories

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Inon Barnatan in recital (Philadelphia Chamber Music Society): Variation as the theme

Pianist Inon Barnatan stepped in for an ailing colleague, offering an exquisite and inventive recital that explored musical variations.

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SHUTTLEFISH (Eva Steinmetz): In the middle of the lake

It feels like when I’ve rowed out to the middle of a lake alone on a cloudy-still day and suddenly I realize I’m in the middle of the lake.

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[NYC] MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (Target Margin Theater): Getting closer to O’Neill

I feel like I know the value of experimental theater thanks to the folks at Target Margin.

Flamineo (Dan Hodge) and Cornelia (played by J.J VanName) have a fight. While Vittoria (Charlotte Northeast) seems to look up to the mother Flamineo despises her for his lack of wealth. As Flamineo and Zanche (played by Lexie Braverman) are fooling around, Flamineo urges the Duke to have his way with Vittoria. Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

THE WHITE DEVIL (PAC): A bloody good thriller

PAC gives the Jacobin the veneer of a mid-20th century hard-boiler. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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WHITE (Theatre Horizon): Representation matters

Playwright James Ijames offers a searing examination of the commodification of black experience.

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SPRING SERIES 2017 (BalletX): Intellectual and intriguing

Though different in color and mood, all three pieces are entertaining and intellectual.

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ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET (NextMove Dance): Flawless and vibrant

For the last program of the 2016-2017 season, NextMove Dance brings in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to the Prince Theater, May 3-7.

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SWALLOW (Inis Nua): This Scottish play is a spot on reflection of America right now

A visceral, exquisitely written, three-person anxiety attack

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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Opera Philadelphia): Mozart at the Academy of Music

Opera Philadelphia’s new co-production of Mozart’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO is fast, lively and a wonderful way to be introduced to opera.