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The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN features Walter DeShields, Chris Anthony, Maryruth Stine, Leeanna Rubin, and Sarah Knittel (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (Philly Shakes): Shakespeare as entertainment

Aaron Cromie, the director of Philadelphia Shakespeare Company’s academy performance of TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, is one of this city’s best directors. His puppet/live actor version of Moliere’s Scapin at the…

Zachary Chiero and Sebastian Cummings. Photo by John Donges. The Homosexuals Quince Productions Philadelphia Gayfest! review photo

THE HOMOSEXUALS (Quince): Ten turbulent years for one young man, six friends, and an entire community

And the festivities continue at GayFest! with Philip Dawkins’s acclaimed play THE HOMOSEXUALS. Gritty and thoughtful, with a broad scope of characterizations and universally relatable themes, THE HOMOSEXUALS presented by Quince…

Nathan Foley and Brittany Holdahl in "Tying Up Loose Ends", by Cubby Altobelli. Photo credit: James Jackson (www.raveneyes.com)

NOIR (GDP): Theater fatale gets off the beaten path

Little known theater company, GDP Productions, takes a shot at classic crime cinema with NOIR. Played in the shadowy, speakeasy-like back bar of R Bar at 2222 Walnut Street, this…

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The Importance of Being Earnest Mauckingbird review photo

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Mauckingbird): 60-second review

Gender roles play an essential part in much classic literature. How many complex pre-1900 plots would be instantly resolved if a woman could just marry whomever she chose and live…

Photo Credit: Kate Raines of PLATE 3 Photography with Trice Baldwin and Charlie DelMarcelle

MACBETH (Commonwealth): 60-second review

MACBETH is a violent play, a feature emphasized by the contemporary military garb and extended fight choreography in the worthwhile production by Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. But the central question which…

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2012/13 Critics’ Awards

Phindie asked every theater writer in Philadelphia to send a list of top five choices in twelve categories for work produced in or near the city in the 2012/13 theatrical…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

Avenue Q Mazeppa review

AVENUE Q (Mazeppa): A puppet oasis in the summer heat

Rob Henry and Brian Seaman, founders of Mazeppa Productions, the newest resident musical theater company in Philadelphia, offer an oasis of entertainment in the Sahara of theater’s summer down-time with…

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Played in Philadelphia (PHM): The insanity of Phillies fans

I went to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent last week on a tipoff from Mary Syndor. “The Played in Philadelphia gallery,” claims their website, “will feature changing exhibitions devoted to…

Katherine Perry, Ryan Walter, Danielle Adams, in Return of Confessions of a Plate and Shoe

RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE (SmokeyScout): 60-second review

Josh McIlvain’s RETURN OF CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE AND SHOE should be put in a time capsule and used by future generations as a how-to manual titled “How-to-produce-the greatest-show-ever.” Okay,…

Chris Davis The Violence of the Lambs

THE VIOLENCE OF THE LAMBS (OR THE ANIMAL VS. HUMAN WAR) (Chris Davis): 60-second review

As the established Philadelphia companies enter their long off-season, the SoLow Festival is providing a welcome dose of idiosyncratic theater at some unusual venues around town. THE VIOLENCE OF THE…

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Another take on GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade)

Pacified by a pre-show serving of *Little Baby’s* ice cream, the Renegade Company’s audience sat in a cozy room with broken victrola records scattered on the floor. Our tummies filled…

Ed Swidey as Uncle Tom and Langston Darby as Master Hardy in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Afterthoughts on UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo)

EgoPo’s show closes at Plays & Players in Philadelphia tonight. I finally got to see it at the end of the run. The finale of their American Vaudeville Festival, UNCLE…

Some Other Kind of Person review photo InterAct Theatre Company

SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON (InterAct)

The title of Eric Pfeffinger’s SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON, now in production by Interact Theatre Company, refers to a purposefully misquoted line of Aristotle, that if you act virtuously…

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GLASS: SHATTERED (Renegade): 60-second review

Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie is described as a “memory play”: its plot an extended flashback, its theatrical pretense laid bare. GLASS: SHATTERED, Michael Durkin’s reimaging of this classic of…

Uncle Tom's Cabin EgoPo Classic Theater review photo

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo): An unfortunate production

Rooted like wooden figurines in a nineteenth-century music box, the cast of EgoPo Classic Theater’s adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’s CABIN stand in front of a gigantic American…

New City Stage Company American Sligo review photo

AMERICAN SLIGO (New City): Wrestling with dysfunction

The American dysfunctional family was the theme of New City Stage Company’s successful 2012/13 season, and it would be hard to find a play which fit the theme more than…

Barcelona People's Light Theatre review photo

BARCELONA (People’s Light): Transatlantic tension, transatlantic truth

She’s an American tourist on a girls’ holiday, seeking out a romantic, exotic fantasy of Spain. He’s a dashing, seductive Spaniard who takes her to his soon-to-be demolished apartment, where…

1. Arden, Night Music, CPMullen & GGonglewski, photo MGarvin

The Arden Hits a High Note with A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Stephen Sondheim’s transcendent musical exposé of love, liaisons, and life in 1900 Sweden.