Reviews

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Shoplifters (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The best films are those which afford the viewer an inside look into a life experience different from their own

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Burning (dir. Chang-dong Lee): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Based on a Murakami short story, BURNING clocks in at 148 indispensable minutes.

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SWEAT (PTC): What’s the matter with Reading?

Why does SWEAT appeal to us, as aging urban middle-to-upper-to-upper-upper-class theatergoers? Do we hope to understand? Relate? Gawk? What do we applaud?

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PLUNGE (Brian Sanders JUNK): 2018 Fringe review

PLUNGE is yet another fruit of Brian Sanders’ creative genius

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FRANKENSTEIN; OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (Quintessence Theatre): It’s Alive!!

Quintessence Theatre dynamically brings to life Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation in a fantastic, eerily staged production

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A dilettante at large reviews NE QUITTEZ PAS (Opera Philadelphia)

What a complicated evening, filled with gorgeous singing and roiled emotions and puzzling theatrics

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GARDENS SPEAK (Tania El Khoury): 2018 Fringe review

GARDENS SPEAK is a metaphysical experience of death and injustice… and a tangible experience of growth and self-expansion.

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PAPRIKA PLAINS (Natalie Fletcher / Jessica Noel): 2018 Fringe review

Like a Joni Mitchell song, PAPRIKA PLAINS is intimate, artful, and affecting.

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TIAN WEN: Heavenly Questions for Modern Times (Hua Hua Zhang’s Visual Expressions): 2018 Fringe review

Am I dreaming of being a butterfly or is the butterfly dreaming of being me?

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LONG TROUBLE (Svaha Theatre Collective): 2018 Fringe review

There’s a lovely simplicity in Elise D’Avella’s staging of the tragic story.

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PHAEDRA’S LOVE (Svaha Theatre Collective): 2018 Fringe review

Two decades after her suicide, Kane remains one of the most truthful voices in theater. Svaha’s production captures her brilliance.

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TRUE WEST (Subscension): 2018 Fringe review

This little company has heft and promise. The Fringe has given them the opportunity to launch and they’ve certainly taken advantage of it.

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BON IVER FIGHTS A BEAR (mauraampersanddoug): 2018 Fringe review

Justin is a heartbroken young musician who escapes to his father’s cabin in the middle of nowhere

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I <3 ADRIAEN (Gerhardus): 2018 Fringe review

An artful blend of theater and history thrives among the tombstones at Old Swedes Church

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DAY OF ABSENCE (Flying Quilt/Iron Age): 2018 Fringe review

It’s haunting how relevant—and funny—this somewhat dated piece remains

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COCKTAIL PLAYS (Juniper Productions): 2018 Fringe review

Slightly buzzed from our gin-and-honey bees knees, we find the site-specific plays by a diverse group of local playwrights make for welcoming, accessible, easy-to-enjoy theater.

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(KENSINGTON) STREETPLAY (Renegade): 2018 Fringe review

I wish Renegade could conduct these walking performances all year round