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OUR FEW AND EVIL DAYS (Inis Nua): Tantalizing ambiguity

This is difficult review to write since almost anything I’d say would be a spoiler. I can say this much: Go see it.

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Theater in Sketch: PASSAGE (Wilma Theater)

PASSAGE reminds sketch artist Chuck Schultz of a painting at the Philadelphia Museum by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

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SING THE BODY ELECTRIC (Theatre Exile): Electricity sparks and glows brightly, then sputters

Is there more still left in the playwright’s head that didn’t make it to the stage?

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ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG (Delaware Theatre Company): Channeling Ella Fitzgerald

Freda Payne does some lovely singing in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG, a biographical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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Theater in Sketch: LYDIE BREEZE Part 3: MADAKET ROAD (EgoPo)

The EgoPo Classical Theater’s production of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze part III was asking the fundamental question, “what is ‘it’.”

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THE WOMEN OF IRELAND (Irish Heritage Theater): Short Irish classics

From modern to historic, tragic to fantastic, THE WOMEN OF IRELAND views the feminine from many angles, creating a fleshed out sculpture of Irish life.

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Theater in Sketch: THE RAPE OF LUCRECE (PAC at the Rosenbach)

It was interesting to compare last week’s reading of Shakespeare’s THE RAPE OF LUCRECE at the Rosenbach to the original presentation at the Broad Street Ministry in 2016.

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Talkback in Sketch: HUMAN RITES (InterAct)

A recent performance of HUMAN RITES, a world premiere production by InterAct Theatre, featured a talk with cultural psychologist Richard Shweder, whose work inspired playwright Seth Rozin.

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HUMAN RITES (InterAct): I say tomato, you say genital mutilation

HUMAN RITES succeeds as a vehicle to tackle such hot-topic themes as appropriation and intersectionality.

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Four Theatermakers (Re)Focus on Diversity

The second (re)Focus Fest brings together four companies using performance to spark discussion about narrative, perspective, and history.

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NOISES OFF (Walnut St): Hi-jinks prevail

The chestnut sails in Frank Anzalone’s production of NOISES OFF at the Walnut Street Theatre, but not consistently.

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JULIUS CAESAR (Quintessence): Why must republics fall?

Quintessence Theatre Group explores the Shakespearean death throes of the Roman Republic.

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I WILL NOT GO GENTLY (People’s Light): Third time’s a charm

I’ve gone from a fan and admirer to an enthusiastic supporter of Jen Childs in I WILL NOT GO GENTLY.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar April 2018

Find out what’s onstage in Philadelphia this April with our useful Philadelphia theater calendar.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK (National tour at the Academy of Music): Amiable mediocrity

Most things are destined to be average, even musicals that have managed to stay on Broadway for a couple of years.

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We Come to Rock: Local SCHOOL OF ROCK star talks about the touring production

Doylestown native and Penn State grad Liam Fennecken is ready to rock and roll in the high octane musical SCHOOL OF ROCK.

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FROZEN (Isis Productions): Forgiveness, redemption, and moving on

Neill Hartley’s ensemble for FROZEN makes the most of all the emotion and thoughtfulness Bryony Lavery invests in his play of forgiveness, redemption, and moving on.

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THE BLUEST EYE (Arden): Bringing Toni Morrison to the stage

In adapting THE BLUEST EYE, Lydia R. Diamond trusts Toni Morrison.

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CROWNS (McCarter): 60-second review

Regina Taylor’s CROWNS is an entertaining and telling musical about traditions among African-American women