Arden Theatre Company

News and reviews for the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Arden): An elixir of make-believe

The Arden Theatre Company’s world premiere of THE LIGHT PRINCESS mixes up a elixir of make-believe

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Carla Belver, Kevin Meehan and Nancy Boykin in JOHN by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. Running at Arden Theatre Company through February 26. Photo by Mark Garvin.

JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.

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THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Arden): “Your First Shade!”

Dito van Reigersberg in a new drag persona steals the spotlight in this riotuous, fierce production.

Alex Keiper and Dan Hodge in the Arden’s STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Arden): A sidesplitting and insightful reinvention of Chekhov

Aaron Posner’s hilarious reinvention of The Seagull captures all of Chekhov’s laughable characters, absurdities of life, and self-references to the theater from a 21st-century perspective.

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Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

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THE SUMMER CLUB (Arden): Come swing with us

With all the class of a swank 60s nightclub, Jeff Coon and friends swing in the summer with a Rat Pack-style musical revue

Amir Randall is Trayvon Martin in THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN at New Freedom Theatre. Photo by ethimofoto.net

THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN (New Freedom): When a play makes you feel something

New Freedom Theatre’s latest teaches us that anger is a valid reaction to any play that depicts racial injustice.

Elisa Matthews and Bailey Ryon in Arden’s THE SECRET GARDEN (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE SECRET GARDEN (Arden): Captivating mystery and haunting artistry

A superb cast and creative artistic design bring the story of traumatic loss and joyful renewal to life in the haunting musical adaptation of a Victorian classic.

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KRISSY FRAELICH (Arden Cabaret): 60-second review

Fraelich proves her mettle as a singer who can move as much as impress you.

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Dear White People: TWO TRAINS RUNNING is not a play about race

A critic evaluating TWO TRAINS RUNNING is not an anthropologist studying another culture through their artifacts.

U.R. as Sterling and Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. as Memphis in Arden Theatre Company’s production of Two Trains Running. Photo by Mark Garvin.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Arden): 1969, Pittsburgh

August Wilson is a really good playwright. That’s hardly a bold critical statement, but it’s one confirmed by this vivid production at Arden Theatre Company.

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

Building a Diverse Audience for Theater: Interview with playwright/actor/director Kash Goins

How can theater attract people of all socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds?

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FUNNYMAN (Arden): Comedy on the brink of tragedy

A new play by Bruce Graham considers the sadness that often underlies comedy and the need to adapt to changing styles and the struggles of life.

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Second Acts: Top Philly playwright Bruce Graham talks FUNNYMAN and life in the theater

When you think Philadelphia theater, you think Bruce Graham. He shares his thoughts about his latest play, the state of theater in Philadelphia, and the art of writing plays.

Walt Vail conducting the Playwrights Project at Society Hill Playhouse, photo was probably taken by Paul S. Buck, late 1950s

Reflections on Playwriting: A personal interview with Walt Vail, one of Philadelphia’s most experienced playwrights

Part two of a multi-part interview with one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prolific playwrights.

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HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden): The sweet rewards of hope, understanding, and kindness

A world-premiere stage adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge’s 19th-century children’s story delivers a clear message about the importance of kindness and understanding.

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EQUIVOCATION (Arden): They made him an offer he can’t refuse

In the wake of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Shakespeare is summoned to take on a play commission for the Crown.

Photo by Mark Garvin.

METAMORPHOSES (Arden): A swim with the gods

This visceral production explains why humans act the way that we do, and reveres love as the most sacred of experiences.