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NEXT TO NORMAL (Bristol Riverside): Rock concert or psycho-drama?

Bristol Riverside Theatre’s snazzy Next to Normal leaves reviewer Josh Herren cold.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar November 2019

Plays in Philadelphia this November

You Won’t Know What Hit You: Bastion Carboni on his new short-theater series

Previewing RABBIT PUNCH, two nights of short, hard, fast theater

EUREKA DAY (InterAct): An infectious satire

No easy answers, no good guys/bad guys; it’s life as we cope with it, only funnier.

A SMALL FIRE (PTC): 60-second review

Joanie Schultz’s direction centers on masterful and delicate performances by Bebe Neuwirth and John Dossett.

A Millennial’s Guide to Seeing Theater in Philly and Still Paying Your Rent

Theater tickets are expensive. What’s a young theater lover in Philadelphia to do? 

BURIED CHILD (EgoPo): A powerful production of a difficult play

It’s very satisfying to see this 1978 play revived; it still speaks to us and to the American condition

WOMAN AND SCARECROW (Irish Heritage Theatre): When did this all end in tragedy?

An existential, feminist play of wildly mournful keening, filled with rich Ianguage, intense questions, and rueful comedy

DANCE NATION (Wilma): What it means to be ferociously pubescent

The constant menace of teenage ambition hums under the entire production.

THE AERONAUTS (dir. Tom Harper): 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival review

Fun, thrilling, and unpredictable. An action movie for the post-superhero world.

Neal Zoren’s Shows to See in Philadelphia This November

Rundown of Philadelphia theater shows onstage this November

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MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (Lookingglass Theatre Company at McCarter): Second review

There’s ethereal magic to be found in this stripped and reconstituted Victorian Gothic piece

SUNSET OF MULHOLLAND DRIVE (dir. Uli Gaulke, Agnes Lisa Wegner): 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival review

Sunset Over Mulholland Drive is not interested in exploration, only adoration.

THE NIGHT ALIVE (Inis Nua): A little unlikely magic

A writer in touch with real life—and how scary it can be.

COME FROM AWAY (national tour): Welcome to the Rock

Deeply stirring and mournful, a remarkable accomplishment

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MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (McCarter): Overreaching ambition

Theatrically spectacular but without the marvelous profundity of the source novel

THE SYNGE TRIPTYCH (Quintessence): Celebrating the common people of Ireland

In repertory with their solid production of PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, the company presents three of Synge’s one-acts as THE SYNGE TRIPTYCH.

DOT (People’s Light): A (fading) memory play

Mmemories fill a family’s West Philadelphia home like radio waves.

An Irish Masterpiece Still Shocking: Considering Synge’s PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD

An extended consideration of the new Synge production from Mount Airy’s Quintessence Theatre.