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4Play Crack the Glass Theatre Company 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[4] 4PLAY (Crack the Glass Theatre Company): Fringe review

Short plays by unknown playwrights, mixed performances by rarely seen actors, an upstart company that takes statement-making risks: this is what the Fringe is all about. Polly Rose Edelstein’s Crack…

Completeness Philly Fringe review Round Table Theatre Company review

[3] COMPLETENESS (Round Table Theatre): Fringe review

“Noisy and full of crap.” That’s Molly (Clare Mahoney) describing the data one gets when trying to reduce messy living things down to mere data points. She’s a Bio grad…

Ajax, the madness. Atis Theater. Philadelphia Fringe review.

[2.1] AJAX, THE MADNESS (Attis Theatre): Fringe review

Men are made into animals. Animals turn into men, and then are murdered. Bloody, bloody Ajax. His story settles in on you, in the way that something that is deeply…

Bathtub Moby-Dick The Renegade Company Philly Fringe review

[1.1] BATHTUB MOBY-DICK (The Renegade Company): Fringe review

We are all searching for something in this life, and oftentimes it’s something that can’t be got. That’s Captain Ahab’s story, but it’s probably yours and probably mine too. In…

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL (Photo credit: Rob Santeramo)

Absolutely Fabulous Off-Broadway Rep: MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL

There are few events in life as rife with the heightened emotions of love and loss as weddings and funerals. Add to them the unbridled passions of being Italian and…

Jennifer Summerfield and Peter Zielinski as Nora and Torvald in the site-specific Victorian setting of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion's A DOLL'S HOUSE. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

A Doll’s House (Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion): 60-second review

It’s hard to imagine a better set design for Henrik Ibsen’s devastating feminist classic than the living room of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Victorian House Museum. Period furniture and details…

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN features Walter DeShields, Chris Anthony, Maryruth Stine, Leeanna Rubin, and Sarah Knittel (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (Philly Shakes): Shakespeare as entertainment

Aaron Cromie, the director of Philadelphia Shakespeare Company’s academy performance of TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, is one of this city’s best directors. His puppet/live actor version of Moliere’s Scapin at the…

Zachary Chiero and Sebastian Cummings. Photo by John Donges. The Homosexuals Quince Productions Philadelphia Gayfest! review photo

THE HOMOSEXUALS (Quince): Ten turbulent years for one young man, six friends, and an entire community

And the festivities continue at GayFest! with Philip Dawkins’s acclaimed play THE HOMOSEXUALS. Gritty and thoughtful, with a broad scope of characterizations and universally relatable themes, THE HOMOSEXUALS presented by Quince…

Nathan Foley and Brittany Holdahl in "Tying Up Loose Ends", by Cubby Altobelli. Photo credit: James Jackson (www.raveneyes.com)

NOIR (GDP): Theater fatale gets off the beaten path

Little known theater company, GDP Productions, takes a shot at classic crime cinema with NOIR. Played in the shadowy, speakeasy-like back bar of R Bar at 2222 Walnut Street, this…

The Importance of Being Earnest Mauckingbird review photo

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Mauckingbird): 60-second review

Gender roles play an essential part in much classic literature. How many complex pre-1900 plots would be instantly resolved if a woman could just marry whomever she chose and live…

Photo Credit: Kate Raines of PLATE 3 Photography with Trice Baldwin and Charlie DelMarcelle

MACBETH (Commonwealth): 60-second review

MACBETH is a violent play, a feature emphasized by the contemporary military garb and extended fight choreography in the worthwhile production by Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. But the central question which…

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CIRQUE DU GAY (Quince): Circus in stockings and buttless chaps

Dennis Porter, part of the three-man CIRQUE DU GAY, is trolling up and down the aisle at Plays and Players Theatre in a clown suit. His face is painted white…

Avenue Q Mazeppa review

AVENUE Q (Mazeppa): A puppet oasis in the summer heat

Rob Henry and Brian Seaman, founders of Mazeppa Productions, the newest resident musical theater company in Philadelphia, offer an oasis of entertainment in the Sahara of theater’s summer down-time with…

Katherine Perry, Ryan Walter, Danielle Adams, in Return of Confessions of a Plate and Shoe

RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE (SmokeyScout): 60-second review

Josh McIlvain’s RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE should be put in a time capsule and used by future generations as a how-to manual titled “How-to-produce-the greatest-show-ever.” Okay,…

Chris Davis The Violence of the Lambs

THE VIOLENCE OF THE LAMBS (OR THE ANIMAL VS. HUMAN WAR) (Chris Davis): 60-second review

As the established Philadelphia companies enter their long off-season, the SoLow Festival is providing a welcome dose of idiosyncratic theater at some unusual venues around town. THE VIOLENCE OF THE…

Eric Scotolati

Another take on GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade)

Pacified by a pre-show serving of *Little Baby’s* ice cream, the Renegade Company’s audience sat in a cozy room with broken victrola records scattered on the floor. Our tummies filled…

Ed Swidey as Uncle Tom and Langston Darby as Master Hardy in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Afterthoughts on UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo)

EgoPo’s show closes at Plays & Players in Philadelphia tonight. I finally got to see it at the end of the run. The finale of their American Vaudeville Festival, UNCLE…

Some Other Kind of Person review photo InterAct Theatre Company

SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON (InterAct)

The title of Eric Pfeffinger’s SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON, now in production by Interact Theatre Company, refers to a purposefully misquoted line of Aristotle, that if you act virtuously…

photo by Daniel Kontz

GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade): 60-second review

Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie is described as a “memory play”: its plot an extended flashback, its theatrical pretense laid bare. GLASS: SHATTERED, Michael Durkin’s reimaging of this classic of…

Uncle Tom's Cabin EgoPo Classic Theater review photo

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo): An unfortunate production

Rooted like wooden figurines in a nineteenth-century music box, the cast of EgoPo Classic Theater’s adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’s CABIN stand in front of a gigantic American…