Reviews

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.

Susanne Collins and Kevin Meehan are the TWO WALKENS. Photos by Peter Radocaj. Sculpture by Bryan Zanisnik.

TWO WALKENS (Miniature Refrigerator Operator): Finding Christopher Walken, finding us

Meehan and Collins use convincing Christopher Walken impressions in an intriguing look at how the fantasies of popular culture provide escape from our lives while they shape them.

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BECOMING AN IMAGE (PAFA): Intimacy and isolation in the dark – Cassils at PAFA

There is a strange, uncomfortable mix of intimacy and isolation at play when a group of people are thrust into total darkness together.

Alee Spadoni as Charlotte in Curio Theatre Company's ANTAGONYMS. Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas

ANTAGONYMS (Curio): What are any of us but destructive dualities

The messiness in Rachel Gluck’s debut play is what make it most lifelike. In the end, what are any of us but destructive dualities, fighting between our desires and our own self-interest?

Cast of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas In Wales at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (Walnut Street): 60-second review

Written by Welshman Dylan Thomas in the 1950s, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES is every nostalgic Christmas trope with song thrown in, and it’s totally delightful.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light): Festive wake-up

The Grimmish fairy tale kingdom is transformed to Paoli Shoals, a town depressed by the collapse of a once-thriving recording industry

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RUMORS (Allens Lane Theater): 60-second review

Noel Hanley’s masterful treatment of Neil Simon’s RUMORS exemplifies a farce done right.

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HANDLE WITH CARE (Montgomery Theater): 60-second review

HANDLE WITH CARE is brilliantly seasoned with humor—the type found when differing cultures collide.

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JEAN & TERRY (FringeArts): A mystery of the heart

What exactly is the relationship between Jean and Terry?

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FOUND (PTC): 60-second review

If you’ve ever seen an inscription in a used book and envisioned the person who wrote it, or stumbled upon a note meant for someone else and marveled, FOUND is speaking to you

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Broadway Philadelphia): Put on your dancing shoes, watch your spirits climb

If your dancing shoes aren’t quite up to the task, this show will do the trick.

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Imogen Cooper (McCarter): Concert review

The distinguished British pianist Imogen Cooper presented several works for piano on November 9, 2016, at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.

Peter DeLaurier in AN ILIAD at Lantern Theater Company. Photo by Mark Garvin.

AN ILIAD (Lantern): Homer sweet homer

AN ILIAD brings Homer’s characters and their epic struggle to life using just a sole narrator and musical accompaniment.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (Walnut): Just like you remember it!

There’s no place like home, and this winter you don’t need to drive very far to learn that lesson again at the Walnut Street Theater’s musical THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Photography by Alexander Iziliaev.; Pictured: Zachary Kapeluck

SUNSET, O639 HOURS (BalletX): A ballet masterpiece

Like other masterpieces of ballet, SUNSET, O639 HOURS grows by itself and lets the dancers grow.

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DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT (Inis Nua / Drexel MPiRP): Irish theater for the theatrical

Inis Nua Theatre Company’s 2011 breakout hit DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT returns to the stage in partnership with Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project

Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

REVOLUTION (PA Ballet): Revolution for our mind

Dance is an ever-changing artform: the standard themes change, technique changes,audiences change. Even such key aspects and tools as the body shape of the dancers change.

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MARISOL (Villanova): Wake up call by golf club

José Rivera’s fantastically powerful portent of a world is fabulously riveting as directed by James Ijames at Villanova Theatre.

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MAURITIUS (Act II): Feeling the philatelia

Act II Playhouse gets all dramatic with Theresa Rebeck’s MAURITIUS

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MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (NextMove DANCE): Timeless dances

As a pioneer dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham established the root of modern dance almost single-handedly.