Ben Dibble

A Fairy Tale Role: Julia Udine on playing Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL

Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Shrek has Julia Udine transforming between princess and ogre.

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Walnut Street): 60-second review

A witty as well as funny musical that brought the happy house game.

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.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Lantern): A Gchat review

Julius Ferraro and Christopher Munden discuss Lantern Theater’s production on Gchat.

America the Beautiful, America the Ugly: An open letter to a German visitor

Henrik Eger considers PTC’s Sweat, Walnut’s Holiday Inn, and the state of American culture.

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN (Walnut Street Theatre): Longing for a time that never was

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN takes us back to a kinder, gentler time when people could burst into song for no reason whatsoever.

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.

NOISES OFF (Walnut St): Hi-jinks prevail

The chestnut sails in Frank Anzalone’s production of NOISES OFF at the Walnut Street Theatre, but not consistently.

NEXT TO NORMAL (Media Theatre): Powerful and poignant

Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and poignant.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Walnut): A funny thing is happening now at the Walnut

Sondheim’s classic musical in a new production is directed by Frank Ferrante.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

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.

Working with the First National Congress in 1776: Interview with director-choreographer Jennie Eisenhower, part 2

In this, the second of a two-part interview, we talk to Eisenhower about the history behind 1776: The Musical

1776: THE MUSICAL (Media): Not your textbook history production

1776 will make you laugh, might even make you cry, and will most certainly be more enjoyable than the lectures of your middle school history teachers.

1776 THE MUSICAL (Media): Rollicking romp through history

A rocking, irreverent look at the birth of our nation wrought with lively, believable characters.

HARVEY (Walnut): Burns slow, then hops right along

The story is a little dated, but that is part of its charm, like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

HIGH SOCIETY (Walnut): A curious Philadelphia Story

A curiously performed version of Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary rearranging and cheapening of The Philadelphia Story.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.

PASSION (Arden): Pretty anticlimactic

Excerpted from NealsPaper.com by kind permission. Stephen Sondheim’s musical PASSION comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, Giorgio (Ben Michael), suddenly becomes deeply enamored of the homely, lonely, Fosca (Liz Filios). It…

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Rare emotion and rarer straightforwardness [critical mass review #5]

The elements which displease other writers are what makes this production a success, according to Michael Fisher in review five of the ongoing Critical Mass series.