Reviews

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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

Ying Fang as Susann, Layla Claire as Countess Almaviva and John Chest as Count Almaviva. Photo credit: Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia

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.

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SANCTUARY (KUN-YANG LIN/DANCERS): Sanctuary for those who know pain

A reality that we need to face, think about, and talk about.

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THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (Hedgerow Theatre): 60-second review

A sense of familiarity permeates THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, Matt Tallman’s adaptation of Anthony Hope’s novel of intrigue, adventure, and mistaken identity

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PARROT TALK (Julius Ferraro): Like a sound wave begging to be heard

PARROT TALK follows a simple narrative arc of a woman dying on her way to the grocery store; however, nothing about her journey is linear.

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BLACK STEAM (Philadanco): A multitude of one

In celebration of it’s 47th year, PHILADANCO/The Philadelphia Dance Company presented BLACK STEAM, featuring two new works and two old ones.

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Forrest Theater): She’s coming for you

They dusted off the rarely used Forrest Theater for this touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a twenty-year-old rock musical which was itself recently dusted off for a 2014 Broadway revival.

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Arden): An elixir of make-believe

The Arden Theatre Company’s world premiere of THE LIGHT PRINCESS mixes up a elixir of make-believe

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Dance in Sketch: Faye Driscoll’s THANK YOU FOR COMING: PLAY (FringeArts)

The narrative of the play dances around anxiety, narcissism, and companionship, and the cards let truth be told.

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#IAMMADEOFSTARS (Almanac): Artistes of the floating world

combines the complex questions of humanity, (such as ‘Why am I here?’) with the natural improvisation life requires, and expresses it physically alongside a healthy dose of humor.

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POINTS OF LIGHT (Tangle Movements Arts): Feminine, powerful, innovative

Philadelphia’s favorite circus art troupe Tangle Movement Arts was back in Old City’s Neighborhood House on April 7 and 8. Ever-changing and always in search for new ways to broaden…

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ROMANCE (PA Ballet): Fall in love with a provocative and diverse program

ROMANCE showcases the diversity and beauty of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s dancers.

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SHADOWLAND (Pilobolus Dance Theater): A dynamic journey

An intricate show with a captivating journey maintained with ease through each scene.

Mattie Hawkinson (as Penthea), Josh Carpenter (as Orgilus), Gregory Isaac (as Bassanes). Photo by Shawn May.

THE BROKEN HEART (Quintessence): Dark matter

Melancholy John Ford was more ‘himself’ and less ‘Shakespearean’ than other less bold Cavalier dramatists.

Jessica Lang Dance perform Thousand Yard Stare. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

JESSICA LANG DANCE (NextMove Dance): Simply beautiful and vocal

Lang’s choreographies, and the movement of her dancers, give the impression of being settling and modest.

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HAND TO GOD (PTC): The human comedy with sock puppets

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

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CABARET (Roundabout Theatre): Tomorrow belongs to…

This brilliant Kander and Ebb show is about the decadence of Weimar Germany and the rise of Nazism

Lenta (Aneta Kerova) and the Old Woman (Azetz Papadopoulou). Sketch by Chuck Schultz.

ADAPT! (Wilma): On the brink of dawn

Blanka Zizka boldly steps forth as both debut playwright and seasoned director of the semi-autobiographical ADAPT!

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THE DELPHI PROJECT ANNUAL PERFORMANCE (with PA Ballet): Child’s play

Art is a way to express the truth. The truth of our emotions. The truth of our lives. The truth of ourselves.