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NEXT TO NORMAL (Media Theatre): Powerful and poignant

Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and poignant.

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MR BURNS (Villanova): The future in three acts

What would 21st-century American culture look like if all we knew about it was told generations after an apocalypse

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Theater in Sketch: TIME REMEMBERED (IRC)

Sketches of TIME REMEMBERED by Jean Anouilh, presented by the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium February 6-March 4, 2018 at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Quintessence): Really absurd

Quintessence Theatre Group’s WAITING FOR GODOT strikes a balance between humor and pathos, between realism and ridiculousness.

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A Vagina Monologues for our Times: Earlie Bird Productions’ V2: CREATION MYTH

V2: Creation Myth follows up and updated the themes from The Vagina Monologues.

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Desi Oakley Takes Your Order: Talking about her role in the touring production of WAITRESS

Desi Oakley is donning an apron and baking her way across the country as Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS

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A dilettante at large: WRITTEN ON SKIN (Opera Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s premiere drama critic, Toby Zinman knows her theater. Opera, not so much. Here’s her dilettante review of Opera Philadelphia’s WRITTEN ON SKIN.

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Performance in Sketch: Daedalus String Quartet and Michael Hollinger’s OPUS

Annenberg Center presented a program of music and theater, with a Beethoven performance by the Daedalus String Quartet and a staged reading by playwright Michael Hollinger

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LYDIE BREEZE PART ONE: COLD HARBOR (EgoPo): Ambitious, sprawling, but emotionally hollow

COLD HARBOR is fast-paced and skillfully produced, with a large, stylistically diverse cast, but at its emotional core it is stiff and distant.

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REALLY (Theatre Exile): Camera obscura

Discomfort is the name of the game here, but to what purpose?

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar February 2018

Yay! It’s a Philadelphia theater calendar for February 2018.

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MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light): A sorority of acting talent

A delightful comedy that shows an evening and morning in the lives of four sisters

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SENSITIVE GUYS (InterAct): Satirizing the dialectic of sex

What’s being satirized in this social satire? Good question, with several answers.

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution: Thoughts on seeing LES MIZ at the Academy

Thom Nickels contemplates revolution after seeing LES MIZ at the Academy

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A DOLL’S HOUSE (Arden): Ibsen for our times

A timelessly relevant damnation of our human falsehoods is also an au courant commentary on sexism.

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COPENHAGEN (Lantern): Observable quantities

I suspect that among the reasons COPENHAGEN has been so successful is that it invites us to believe that we are smarter than we actually are

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PASSING STRANGE (Wilma): A worthwhile caricature of art

The performers leave a bright impression in a play that’s a caricature of life and art,

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Theater in Sketch: MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light)

Paul Osborne’s 1939 comedy gets a new production in Malvern, PA.