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Theater in Sketch: THREE SISTERS TWO (EgoPo)

Chuck Schultz gives his thoughts in words and sketch

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’.”

LYDIE BREEZE PART 2: AIPOTU (EgoPo): Seeking utopia

EgoPo’s presentation of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze continues with a look at a New England utopia.

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.

Philly Actors Who Are Better Than You (at acting) and Deserve to be Seen

Casting actors you don’t know is like getting a dog from the animal shelter. Shit is cool for a while but then they flip the fuck out and bite you or run away.

Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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SEAGULL (EgoPo): A comedy of torn hearts and thwarted dreams

The pathetically unfulfilled romantic expectations! The sad characters and absurd human comedy! EgoPo nails it, and beautifully. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

ANTAGONYMS (Curio): What are any of us but destructive dualities

The messiness in Rachel Gluck’s debut play is what make it most lifelike. In the end, what are any of us but destructive dualities, fighting between our desires and our own self-interest?

THE LION IN WINTER (CCTC): A lion for all seasons

It’s the year 1183 and Henry II is disappointed in his sons and in love with a much younger woman. Some things never change.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Curio): A light surface has a dark pull

Something funny across the surface with dark issues riding just under it.

HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh and Douglas Williams): 60-second review

Adapting Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s but not pulling verbatim from the novella, three playwrights have created a special experience in a Point Breeze row home.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Chris, Bruce, and Doug: Interview with three playwrights restaging a Fringe favorite

We talk to Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh, and Doug Williams ahead of their relaunch of HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS.

THE YEAR OF THE RAW ONION (IRC): A cabaret cocktail of satire and absurdity

A series of stand-up monologues culled from the satirical articles of The Onion delivered riotous socio-political commentary in a fast-paced 75 minutes.

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (IRC): Corruption!

A production that forefronts Gogol’s surprising, desperate, hypnotizing dialogue. Illustration by Mike Jackson.

A PORCH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Transmissions): The magic happens in magical realism

A magical realism play based on a true story could easily be a disaster, but Transmissios Theatre makes the magic happen.

Sketches of Ives: IRC’s ALL IN THE TIMING

Here’s what Chuck Schultz saw at the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives.

A PORCH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Transmissions): Extremist religion and unrequited love

In deep Siberia, Karp Lykov and his grown children encounter their first outsiders in fifty years.

ALL IN THE TIMING (IRC): Six fast and funny existentialist shorts

A collection of six short one-act comedies address the existentialist dilemma and pose the ubiquitous question, “What if?”

Brightening Up SoLow Fest: Bright Invention takes over this year’s festival with nine original shows

Nearly a quarter of the works in this year’s SoLow Fest come from one company: Bright Invention.

That’s Just Like Your Opinion, Man: RAW ONION REVIVAL (IRC) actors become their own critics

Every actor has experienced theater critics who got things a little wrong. Here’s their chance to peel their own onion.