Reviews

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

Three Women Direct Three THREE SISTERS

In an unlikely coincidence of scheduling, Philadelphia sees the performances of three adaptations of Chekov’s Three Sisters, each helmed by a female director. Directed by Harriet Powers, Hedgerow Theatre’s production…

UNTOGETHER (dir. Emma Forrest): Film review

Angela Harmon reviews the new movie by director Emma Forrest.

OLEANNA (Walnut Street): 2019, meet Mamet

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

THE NICETIES (McCarter Theatre): What revolution?

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

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

betrayal lantern theater review

Revisiting Pinter’s BETRAYAL: A commentary

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

BETRAYAL (Lantern): Reversal of fortunes

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

Barbies Before the Fact: A dilettante at large sees new exhibitions at the PMA

A dilettante at large considers two exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Piffaro Presents a 16th-Century French Noel

The exquisite program notes took the audience as close to the sixteenth century French Noel midnight mass as possible

THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): 50 years of a holiday treat

The Nutcracker is not just a lovely holiday tradition. It’s am ambassador for ballet, gaining fans who have never been to seen ballet before.

COMPLETENESS (Theatre Exile): Algorithms and geek romance

Seduction by examples of computational intractability

THE AUDIENCE DISTURBS MARCEL’S BATHTIME AND HE’S VERY UPSET WITH YOU ALL (Tiny Dynamite): 60-second review

Tiny Dynamite’s A Play A Pie A Pint makes a welcome return with a smart and silly one-man show

A dilettante at large considers Philly After Dark at the Athenaeum

A whimsical and educational show combining images of the city by moonlight, gaslight, electric light, fire and lightning.

OLIVER! (Quintessence): Eat gruel, get pickpocketed, and become an orphan

Stepping back to a Victorian workhouse with Quintessence Theatre Group.

ONWARDS & UPWARDS (Company Aiello): A story of immigration and acceptance

We meet flatulent Italian Spazzolino, a wooden migrant to the New World, step into a barber shop with talking combs, and hear about the struggles of travel from simply constructed dolls.

FALL SERIES 2018 (BalletX): Three varied, compelling world premieres

The original works testify to the skills of the BalletX dancers and the abilities of new generations of ballet choreographers.

WINTER WONDERETTES (Walnut Street): The lovely ditzies of winter

Henrik Eger’s entertaining, yet sensitive review of a fun holiday show.