Arden Theatre Company

News and reviews for the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

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

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

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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.

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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.

Jasmine Ward as Pecola, Back: Nicolette Lynch as Claudia in THE BLUEST EYE at Arden Theatre Company through April 1, 2018. www.ardentheatre.org. Photo by Mark Garvin.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection

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

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TOUCHTONES (Arden): 60-second review

This treacly throwback neither titillates nor liberates.

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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.

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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.

Veronica Nardo (left) and Caroline Dooner in GYPSY at Arden Theatre Company through June 25th.  Photo by Mark Garvin.

GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical

Another take on the Arden’s GYPSY

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GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn

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

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Anthony Heald in GYPSY: Journeyman actor makes his way to Philadelphia

In a casting coup, Anthony Heald has come to Philadelphia to play Herbie in GYPSY at Arden Theatre.

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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.