Arden Theatre Company

News and reviews for the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Onstage Magic: Skip Robinson on playing Harry Houdini in RAGTIME

Skip Robinson is bringing to stage one of the greatest escape artists in history in Arden Theatre’s Ragtime.

Philadelphia theater through the eyes of J. Cooper Robb, Part 2: 2004

Revisiting Philly theater history through the eyes of one of its finest critics.

Philadelphia Theater through the eyes of J. Cooper Robb, Part 1: 2002–2003

Remembering Philadelphia theater history through the eyes of a venerable theater reviewer.

Up and Over the Rainbow: The Impact of Judy Garland on the work of Tyler Houchins

From being bullied to falling in love with Judy Garland. Tyler Houchins takes us down the yellow brick road.

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Theater in Sketch: CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Arden Theatre)

Looking at Arden Childrens Theater in words and sketch

Life Inspires Art, Art Inspires Life in Kash Goins’s 74 SECONDS… TO JUDGMENT

Kash Goins gets a message from Valerie Castile, mother of the man who inspired 74 SECONDS… TO JUDGMENT

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Arden): Imagining another Nora

Naomi Orwin asks: Would a woman have envisioned a different Nora? A different Torvald?

A Door Slams, A Door Opens: Previewing A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 at the Arden

Chuck Schultz previews Lucas Hnath’s sequel to Ibsen’s classic.

FUN HOME (Arden Theatre): LOL misery

The Bechdel family has a funeral home (dubbed Fun Home by the kids) and also a not-fun family home.

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

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

Back to Prison: Playwright Kash Goins on his reprised play V to X at Arden Theatre

Kash Goins talks to Phindie about the new production of his acclaimed prison drama and the Arden’s coming season.

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.

TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection

Naughty and nice collide in TOUCHTONES, a musical fantasy in world premiere at the Arden.

TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

CABARET (Arden): Glücklich zu sehen?

CABARET has taken on a new level of relevance, but Matthew Decker’s re-creation of Sam Mendes’ famous production remains stuck in the past.

Kash Goins stars as Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN. (Photo credit: Katie Balun)

In Judgment of Wrongs: A biting premiere on American injustice launches Kash Goins’s residency at the Arden

In 2016, Philly playwright Kash Goins took a look at the human costs of mass incarceration in his nuanced, intimate original drama V to X (five to ten). For ten…

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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

2017 Barrymore Awards nominations

On August 21, Theatre Philadelphia announced nominees for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Established companies led the day.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn

Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.