Reviews

Caroline Strang, Brittany Anikka Liu in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. Photo by Tori Harvey

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (People’s Light): An intense retelling of a familiar story

David Bradley’s production of this classic is a sterling example of a strong scripts coupled with a great ensemble.

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THE MOST DESERVING (Allens Lane): Art-iface at it’s funniest!

Catherine Trieschmann’s THE MOST DESERVING is an all out cuckoo cultural clash, insanely hilarious as performed at Allens Lane

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MARIE ANTOINETTE (Curio): You say you want a revolution?

Danton, Marat, Robespierre, and their ilk have mostly been forgotten, while the guillotined Marie retains fame.

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PASSING STRANGE (Wilma): Youth and rebellion

Youth is the time of our lives when the more adventurous among us follow French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s dictum that “everything we are taught is false.”

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in A STEADY RAIN in Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin

A STEADY RAIN (Walnut St): An intense and engrossing cop show

If you’re a fan of TV police procedurals this is the play for you.

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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Frank Ferrante can turn into his boyhood and current idol, Groucho Marx, on a dime.

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LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY (Inis Nua): To Wales with love

Perhaps it is Harris’s adept characterization of economic pains and societal pressures which sets light romantic comedy in pleasant relief.

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WAIT UNTIL DARK (Hedgerow Theatre): For brilliant suspense…

Light, shadows, sound and silences coalesce with acting artistry to create a stirring, sensational air of suspense

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BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTREAL (NextMove Dance): An intriguing program of natural technique

Ballets Jazz de Montréal returned to the Prince Theater this weekend to perform three Philadelphia premieres.

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NEXT TO NORMAL (Media Theatre): Powerful and poignant

Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and poignant.

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MR BURNS (Villanova): The future in three acts

What would 21st-century American culture look like if all we knew about it was told generations after an apocalypse

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TIME REMEMBERED (IRC): What is love and how do we kill it?

The IRC prove once again that they are able to pluck strange fruits out of theatrical history and serve them up ably.

Frank X and Johnnie Hobbs, Jr., in WAITING FOR GODOT from Quintessence. Photo by Shawn May.

WAITING FOR GODOT (Quintessence): Really absurd

Quintessence Theatre Group’s WAITING FOR GODOT strikes a balance between humor and pathos, between realism and ridiculousness.

Arlen Hlusko. Photo by Bernardo Santos-Lachenal

NINETEEN MOVEMENTS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO (Scott Ordway): Sounding the Chestnut Hill Skyspace for a world premiere

The premiere of composer Scott Ordway’s Nineteen Movements for Unaccompanied Cello took place in the perfect setting – the James Turrell Skyspace in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.

The Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo) in WRITTEN ON SKIN. Photos by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia.

A dilettante at large: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Opera Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s premiere drama critic, Toby Zinman knows her theater. Opera, not so much. Here’s her dilettante review of Opera Philadelphia’s WRITTEN ON SKIN.

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DANCES TO AMERICAN MUSIC (Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble): A breath of familiarity

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble returns to Philadelphia after 14 years with Dances to American Music,

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LYDIE BREEZE PART ONE: COLD HARBOR (EgoPo): Ambitious, sprawling, but emotionally hollow

COLD HARBOR is fast-paced and skillfully produced, with a large, stylistically diverse cast, but at its emotional core it is stiff and distant.

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REALLY (Theatre Exile): Camera obscura

Discomfort is the name of the game here, but to what purpose?

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