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Philadelphia Artists Collective Timon of Athens review

Everybody’s talking about TIMON OF ATHENS (PAC)

With their engaging interpretations of classic plays, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective has established a reputation as one of the best and boldest independent theater companies in town. Each new production is…

Chris Coucill as Timon in PAC's TIMON OF ATHENS. (Photo credit: David Comdico.)

TIMON OF ATHENS (PAC) A rare glimpse at a Shakespeare work

I’m going to go out on a limb and say William Shakespeare is a pretty good playwright. Yet his stories, his speeches, his one-liners have so pervaded our consciousness that its…

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60-Second Review: EVERYONE AND I (Azuka)

“I go back where I came from to 6th Avenue/ and the tobacconist in the Ziegfeld Theatre and/ casually ask for a carton of Gauloises and a carton/of Picayunes, and…

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Philly Shakes): A Shakespeare comedy that’s actually funny

When presenting Shakespeare comedies, companies often forget that they should be funny. This is not the case with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, one of the…

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PIFA 2013: HSP’s ArkHIVE and other theatrical highlights

“[H]alf-way up the hill, I see the Past Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,— A city in the twilight dim and vast, With smoking roofs, soft bells, and…

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UNDER THE WHALEBACK (Wilma): Grumpy Professor Review

UNDER THE WHALEBACK, a tale of the sea taking place on a fishing ship, will upset audiences at the Wilma Theater until April 7. As she is wont to do,…

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Phindie Podcast 02: Brian McCann

For the second of Phindie’s Philadelphia Independent Theater podcasts, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg talk to talented and versatile local actor Brian McCann. We talk about improv, director Matt…

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HENRY V (Lantern): Grumpy Professor Review

HENRY V, a wonderful Shakespeare play, is being presented by the Lantern Theater until the end of April . Charles McMahon usually does very exacting directing, but he is also…

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SEMINAR (PTC): Grumpy Professor Review

SEMINAR by the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theater proved to be quite enjoyable for theatergoers. Even though the foul- mouthed professor berated the writing students for most…

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Arden): A delightful production of a hefty play

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A RAISIN IN THE SUN starts slow and takes a while to get to where it’s going, but the cast at the Arden handles the hefty, far-reaching…

Lantern Theater Company's production of HENRY V (2013). Photo by Paola Nogueras

The Lantern’s noble HENRY V

HENRY V completes Shakespeare’s four-part series on Plantagenet kings of England. No longer the indolent partier, Prince Hal has inherited the English throne, but is haunted by the original sin…

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GOOD PEOPLE (Walnut): Grumpy Professor Review

GOOD PEOPLE is suffering a weak production at the venerable Walnut Street Theatre for seven weeks until April 28th. Criticizing the Walnut is like insulting the Queen, but this offering…

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60-second review: SEMINAR (PTC)

Writers will find much familiar in Theresa Rebeck’s SEMINAR, which brilliantly satirizes writerly blowhards (a proportionally large subset) and the self-seriousness necessary to pursue this art. Burnt-out, self-aggrandizing Leonard (Rufus Collins)…

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OTHELLO (Philly Shakes): Grumpy Professor Review

OTHELLO by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre at 21st and Sansom, is quite an excellent show. Carmen Khan, the director, really gets perfect diction from every actor in every word of…

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Gimmickry in Theater

While perusing the pop culture section of Bill Simmons’ Grantland site a couple weeks ago, I came across a piece by contributor Sean Fennessy detailing an interesting event that took place at the…

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Flashpoint lights up the local scene with THE BENDS

Thom Weaver is familiar to me, as he may be to other Philadelphia theatergoers, because it seems every time I see a show with impressive lighting choreography and look in…

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Phindie Podcast 01: coffee with Jennifer Summerfield

For Phindie’s first Philadelphia Independent Theater Podcast, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg sit down for coffee with local actor Jennifer Summerfield. We talk about her next play, audition-induced nerves,…

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60-second review: OTHELLO (Philly Shakes)

In most of Shakespeare’s tragedies, the characters are overtaken by the swirl of events, following fate to their bloody end. A notable exception is OTHELLO, now onstage at Philadelphia Shakespeare…

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Another entertaining stay at George F. Walker’s SUBURBAN MOTEL (Walking Fish)

Not a lot has changed since last time Walking Fish Theatre checked into George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel, for November’s PROBLEM CHILD. The room is still grotty, the management is…

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Theatre Confetti is On Target with EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM

Stretched along the long wall of Old City’s Power Plant Basement, Theatre Confetti’s set for EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM evokes the emptiness and expanse of the desolate…