Reviews

Musical theater kicks off Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s fourth season

I’m not the target audience for Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s Philadelphia premier of “[title of show]”, now onstage UPstairs at the Adrienne Theatre. I’ve never been the biggest fan of musicals. “Why…

Brat Productions Presents ‘Carrie’ at Underground Arts

Published in 1974, Stephen King’s Carrie, the tale of a bullied high school outcast who takes bloody telekinetic revenge upon her torturers, kick started a horror-writing career that now spans almost 40 years and…

A Queer Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a gender-bent look at Shakespeare’s famous play for a woman wert thou first created; Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, And by addition me…

A Demonic Tour de Force: The Screwtape Letters Returns to the Lantern Theater Company

C.S. Lewis‘s The Screwtape Letters is more overtly religious than his allegorical children’s books. But just as an appreciation for the Narnia tales does not require a belief in talking animals and…

An Evening Without Woody Allen

Not everyone likes Woody Allen’s comedy, it can be a bit high-brow, idiosyncratic, or vulgar for some tastes, and like any comedy, some of his works from decades past are…

Theatre Exile’s "Shining City" at Plays and Players

The past year has seen some great stagings by Irish playwright Colin McPherson in Philadelphia. The Arden’s brilliant Seafarer was followed by a stripped down performance of The Weir by…

Shakespeare in Philadelphia: The Arden’s Romeo and Juliet Introduces a Season of the Bard

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the world’s most produced playwright. For evidence of his enduring popularity look no further than the region’s stages: there are at least five…

Bruce Graham Scores Again with Theatre Exile’s Any Given Monday at Plays & Players Theater

Acclaimed local playwright Bruce Graham returns toTheatre Exile with Any Given Monday (now onstage at Plays & Players Theater), a sport-themed world premiere geared to ride the success of his popular The Philly Fan. Unlike…

"Golden Age" – Philadelphia Theatre Company

“Great art is dangerous, that’s why there’s so little of it.” —Bellini, in Terrence McNally’s Golden Age Philly theater hacks were spoiled for choice last week when three Philadelphia theater…

No Deceit: Lantern Theater’s Scapin is a Treat

A classic work of comic literature, a joyous reworking by one of the best clowns in modern theater, an imaginative staging by a top-class Philadelphia company, and puppets: the stage…

Conor McPherson’s The Weir: Subtlety and the Supernatural at the Curio Theatre

Irish playwright Conor McPherson has been called the “finest dramatist of his generation” (London Telegraph) with works that are “as near to perfection as a play can come” (New York Times). Philadelphia has…

InterAct’s Little Lamb Now Onstage at the Adrienne Theatre

InterAct Theatre Company has established itself as a daring production company, eager to take on hot-button social issues and support the careers of emerging Philadelphia playwrights. Little Lamb — on…

Little Lamb at the Adrienne Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company

It’s a shame to begin the blog this way but I think it has to be said: Little Lamb is a stinker. On stage through June 28 at the Adrienne…

RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental): 2005 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Workshop production

In Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s production, three actors and a pianist tell the story of the last three months of Edgar Allen Poe’s life as he pursues his phantoms and vice versa in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and on midnight trains.