Reviews

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THE WOMEN OF IRELAND (Irish Heritage Theater): Short Irish classics

From modern to historic, tragic to fantastic, THE WOMEN OF IRELAND views the feminine from many angles, creating a fleshed out sculpture of Irish life.

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GRACE & GRANDEUR (Pennsylvania Ballet): Ballet, in different eras

Pennsylvania Ballet’s fifth program of the current season is a historically intriguing.

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HUMAN RITES (InterAct): I say tomato, you say genital mutilation

HUMAN RITES succeeds as a vehicle to tackle such hot-topic themes as appropriation and intersectionality.

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NOISES OFF (Walnut St): Hi-jinks prevail

The chestnut sails in Frank Anzalone’s production of NOISES OFF at the Walnut Street Theatre, but not consistently.

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JULIUS CAESAR (Quintessence): Why must republics fall?

Quintessence Theatre Group explores the Shakespearean death throes of the Roman Republic.

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I WILL NOT GO GENTLY (People’s Light): Third time’s a charm

I’ve gone from a fan and admirer to an enthusiastic supporter of Jen Childs in I WILL NOT GO GENTLY.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK (National tour at the Academy of Music): Amiable mediocrity

Most things are destined to be average, even musicals that have managed to stay on Broadway for a couple of years.

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FROZEN (Isis Productions): Forgiveness, redemption, and moving on

Neill Hartley’s ensemble for FROZEN makes the most of all the emotion and thoughtfulness Bryony Lavery invests in his play of forgiveness, redemption, and moving on.

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THE TEMPEST (Lantern): Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

Lantern Theater’s production of THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s last play, is an enjoyable, modest show, full of comedy and romance and the gentle spirit of human forgiveness.

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Lahav Shani leads Philadelphia Orchestra with music by Lindberg, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev

Twenty-nine-year-old maestro Lahav Shani leads the Philadelphia Orchestra with a spotlight on trumpeter David Bilger

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THE BLUEST EYE (Arden): Bringing Toni Morrison to the stage

In adapting THE BLUEST EYE, Lydia R. Diamond trusts Toni Morrison.

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CROWNS (McCarter): 60-second review

Regina Taylor’s CROWNS is an entertaining and telling musical about traditions among African-American women

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ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE (Media Theatre): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy Garland and began hoping Stern, a known…

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THE PRODUCERS (Bristol Riverside): Bialystock & Bloom, mini-Madoffs of the theater world

Mel Brooks’s THE PRODUCERS has gone from Screen Comedy to Musical Comedy to Screen Musical Comedy and back to the stage again.

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COMPANY WANG RAMIREZ (NextMove DANCE): Dance with no borders

The choreography is intellectual and at the same time improvisational and spontaneous

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A dilettante at large: LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC (NMAJH)

If you’re a Leonard Bernstein fan, don’t miss the terrific new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (Ars Nova/PTC): Hmmph

As far as I can tell, this is a satire, although you know you’re on shaky ground when you’re not sure if the play knows it’s a satire.

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SWAN LAKE (PA Ballet): Pennsylvania Ballet refined through the classic

SWAN LAKE is the classic that people think of when they hear the word “ballet.”

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A dilettante at large: A QUIET PLACE (Curtis Institute of Music)

The Curtis Institute of Music and Opera Philadelphia’s stunning production Leonard Bernstein’s opera, A Quiet Place, is one of many worldwide celebrations of his centennial;