Reviews

Luce film review

Luce (dir. Julius Onah): Film review

Based on a play by J.C. Lee (Warplay, Pookie Goes Grenading), this talky drama positively smolders from beginning to end

Funke film review

Funke (dir. Gabriel Taraboulsy, Alexander Emanuele)

I’d still like to know more about pasta

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The Farewell (dir. Lulu Wang): Film review

Based on a story first made popular on an episode of This American Life

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The Art of Self-Defense (dir. Riley Stearns): Film review

This is Fight Club by way of Napoleon Dynamite

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Wild Rose (dir. Tom Harper): Film review

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give the film is also the one that scares me most: I want to listen to more country.

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’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (PAC): 60-second review

PAC’s full production of the 17th century play retains the fun and accessibility of its Venture Reading series performances.

Sterling Baca in Apollo. Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

ALL STRAVINSKY (PA Ballet): What about the music?

The Pennsylvania Ballet does their best to ignore their fantastic orchestra

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SHAZAM! (dir. David Sandberg): Film review

Unlike a lot of onscreen heroes, Zachary Levi is having fun. So are we.

5. DJ Gleason as the Fool and Robert Jason Jackson as King Lear. Photo by Linda Johnson.

KING LEAR (Quintessence): England at his feet

As Lear, Robert Jason Jackson is “every inch a king.

Claire Inie-Richards and Ben Dibble in MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Lantern): A Gchat review

Julius Ferraro and Christopher Munden discuss Lantern Theater’s production on Gchat.

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THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT (dir. Kim Nguyen): Film review

At once a financial thriller, a workplace comedy, and a character study of obsessives, this strange curiosity fails to commit to any one tone.

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US (dir. Jordan Peele): Film review

The most important thing about Us is that it is absolutely fucking terrifying.

(l-r) Jessie Cannizzaro, Jevon McFerrin, Steffanie Leigh, Shay Vawn, Brad Oscar. Photo by Tom Miller

THE GODS OF COMEDY (McCarter Theatre): 60-second review

A charming comedy buried under an avalanche of frenetic activity

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HOME PROJECT-IMMIGRANT JOURNEYS (KYL/D): Promoting diversity through identity at Teatro Esperanza

The performance follows a week long residency by the company at Esperanza Academy which included masterclasses, workshops, and guided discussions.

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Love Triangle: Stacie Bono on her role in MISS SAIGON

The heat is on in Saigon as MISS SAIGON makes its way to the Academy of Music for its Philadelphia premiere.

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LASHED BUT NOT LEASHED (Martha Graham Cracker): A dilettante at large sees the new revue

Martha Graham Cracker (aka Dito von Reigersberg) is back in Philly for only three shows

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YARDIE (dir. Idris Elba): Film review

Dan Scully reviews the new film by actor Idris Elba.

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THE INVISIBLES (dir. Claus Räfle): Film review

All of this actually happened, and relatively recently to boot.

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KODO: A dilettante at large enjoys the Japanese drum troup

Toby Zinman feels the Japanese rhythms of KODO drum troupe.

Oksana Maslovaand Arian Molina Soca in GISELLE. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

GISELLE (PA Ballet): A ballet of true love

Angel Corella’s restaging preserves the tradition of the classic ballet and manifests true love onstage.