Reviews

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.

1. Da poster

DA (Irish Heritage Theatre): Father and son

In DA, a writer has reached the “go back home” stage of the writer’s life cycle.

Arden Gem of the Ocean

GEM OF THE OCEAN (Arden): A thing of beauty

GEM OF THE OCEAN is about a lot of things, including race, mysticism, and murder.

TRIPLE FRONTIER

TRIPLE FRONTIER (dir. J.C. Chandor): Film review

A tale about men with little to lose and everything to gain,

image3

CAPTAIN MARVEL (dir. Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck): Film review

What should’ve been a paean to girl power is instead a bland, by-the-numbers product of the Marvel machine.

photo Azuka Theatre (1)

BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS (Azuka Theatre): Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together —Vincent Van Gogh When Bob is born and immediately deserted in a White Castle restaurant bathroom, an employee…

Marissa Wolf in 26 PEBBLES.

26 PEBBLES (Allen’s Lane): People power

A play which powerfully purveys distinct, upfront viewpoints and perceptions unlike any other medium.

Chloe Grace Moretz in Greta

GRETA (dir. Neil Jordan): Film review

I say women were “placed” in these roles when what I really mean is “stuffed.”

1. Johnny Depp Valentine

JOHNNY DEPP (Val Dunn & Jenna Kuerzi): A Valentine date with late-stage capitalism

I didn’t dare to tell anyone what “Depp” means to German-speakers, as I didn’t want to spoil the most unusual Valentine’s date I had in my entire life. Yes, Johnny…

midsummer-nights-dream-opera-philly

What A Lark: The dilettante at large has A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Opera Philly

Visually, musically, and vocally gorgeous, this is a delectable MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

Opera Philly Midsummer Night's Dream review image

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Opera Philadelphia): Fairy magic and flying beds

Benjamin Britten’s music still sounds wonderfully imaginative and modern

box-clever-review-inis-nua

BOX CLEVER (Inis Nua): 60-second review

With BOX CLEVER, Inis Nua has done the impossible: make bureaucracy theatrical.

hype-man-interact

HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY (InterAct): Compromise and dialog can work

Idris Goodwin’s play shows how compromise and dialog work better than insults and labels

untogether-movie-review

UNTOGETHER (dir. Emma Forrest): Film review

Angela Harmon reviews the new movie by director Emma Forrest.

Sketch by Chuck Schultz and Yumna Tolaimate.

OLEANNA (Walnut Street): 2019, meet Mamet

You can see why Walnut Street Theatre included OLEANNA in its current season.

the-niceties-mccarter-theater

THE NICETIES (McCarter Theatre): What revolution?

Eleanor Burgess’s play addresses current debates with careful but sweeping intelligence.

Xavier Foley

Xavier Foley makes the double bass sing at PCMS

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents a Musical Fund Society Series with Xavier Foley, Sejoon Park, and Eunice Kim

romeo-juliet-wilma-kiss
betrayal lantern theater review

Revisiting Pinter’s BETRAYAL: A commentary

An attempt to detangle this nine-scene play that’s designed to move backwards

Geneviève Perrier and Jered McLenigan in Lantern Theater Company's production of BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter, directed by Kathryn MacMillan. Onstage now through February 17, 2019. Photo by Mark Garvin

BETRAYAL (Lantern): Reversal of fortunes

Pinter’s use of reverse chronology highlights depths beyond the quiet drama and sedate setting.