Reviews

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[NYC] MIDWAY AVENUE (Nichole Canuso Dance Company) & ATOMIC ORBITAL (Laura Peterson Choreography) at HERE

Choreographers Nichole Canuso and Laura Peterson debut their unique new works in a complementary joint program at SoHo’s HERE Arts Center.

Tucker Delaney-Winn in the title role of Feast Productions’ HAMLET THE HIP-HOPERA (Photo credit: Courtesy of the Production)

[NYC] HAMLET THE HIP-HOPERA (Feast Productions): FringeNYC review

This FringeNYC mash-up of Shakespeare and Eminem combines passages of The Bard’s verse and prose with current explications and amplifications set to an urban beat.

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[NYC] TO DANCE – THE MUSICAL (Dancing in the Dark Productions): FringeNYC review

The life and struggles of Russian ballet dancer Valery Panov continues to inspire new generations.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Mechanical): A rapid-fire current view of Shakespeare’s “merry war”

Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy is given a new look and a quick pace in Mechanical Theater’s delightful production, performed at Society Hill’s historic Powel House.

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Bucks County Playhouse): Spelling good times

Take a few awkward adolescents, put them in a competition moderated by awkward adults, toss some words (or some formulation of one) at them, and you’ve got a spelling bee….

Sarah Schol (l.) and Emily Schuman. Photo by John Doges.

THE SECRETARIES (Quince): An erotic-hilarious farce—not suited for an embarrassed young man?

Warning: Don’t see this erotic-thriller-parody if you take life too seriously! Also: Don’t take life to seriously.

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AT THE FLASH (Quince/GayFest!): No wigs, no props, no problem

Leeper uses the story of five disparate characters at one gay bar to trace five decades of LGBT history.

Adriana (Marilyn McIntyre and Rudy Caporaso in REV's COMEDY OF ERRORS. Photo by Dave Kappler.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (REV): I wasn’t brought up on Shakespeare; an epistolary review

This review of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors was written in form of an Open Letter to a teenager from Jamaica.

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RAGE OF ACHILLES (CCTC): The absurdity and tragedy of war

Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents a world-premiere production of Paul Parente’s meaningful tragicomedy on the absurdities and horrors of war, inspired by the events and characters from Homer’s Iliad.

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ASYLUM (Cheril N. Clarke): A shout loud enough to hear

In a room where everyone else is whispering, ASYLUM screams at the top of its lungs: “Listen.”

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HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Vulcan Lyric): A cult classic whose time may have passed

A revitalized opera company offering musical performances in Philly in the summer is a good thing. But maybe some things just aren’t funny anymore, like teen suicide, gay jokes, and trying to blow up a school.

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Sketching A WINTER’S TALE (SCP)

Thursday’s performance of A WINTER’S TALE by Shakespeare in Clark Park took place in the rain venue of Drexel’s Mandell Theater, but that didn’t stop Aaron Krolikowski from whipping out…

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THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS (Missing Bolts/PWTF): Reflections on political arousal

“What can I do within this world?” ~ Nic, THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS by Caridad Svich In a riveting, nearly odic, 45 minute solo performance, directed by Zac Kline,…

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ON GOLDEN POND (BCP): 60-second review

Bucks County Playhouse presents Ernest Thompson’s ON GOLDEN POND. Norman (Keir Dullea) and Ethel (Mia Dillon) Thayer are spending another summer on Golden Pond in Maine. Ethel is a positive,…

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COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL: Dance review, part 2

Part 2 of Lew Whittington’s look at the COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL

Kun Yang Lin Dancers. Photo by Bill Hebert.

COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL: Dance review, part 1

The collective energy of the deep field of Philly dance and visiting artists created a palpable festival atmosphere.

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HENRY V (PA Shakespeare): The king is but a man

While HENRY V contains two of Shakespeare’s most stirring speeches, smaller, less rhetorical moments are the more engrossing in Matt Pfeiffer’s staging for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

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MERCURY FUR (Brainspunk): The hills are alive with the sound of post-apocalyptic horror

Dystopia can be a good place to demonstrate the kinder side of human nature. Philip Ridley’s play is shocking, violent, and uncomfortable to watch, but also weirdly heartwarming.

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STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

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LULU’S GOLDEN SHOES (FLASHPOINT): A deft treatise on cruelty

This is a play that is constantly surprising, entrancing, and always a step ahead of expectations.