Brian McCann

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC): A mingled web well woven

PAC’s current production confirms its reputation as the best adaptor of classic works.

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Theater in Sketch: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC)

Sketches of William Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL from Philadelphia Artists’ Collective.

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MAURITIUS (Act II): Feeling the philatelia

Act II Playhouse gets all dramatic with Theresa Rebeck’s MAURITIUS

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THE BIRDS (Curio): Terror takes flight

This adaptation by master Irish playwright Conor McPherson finds its horror in the claustrophobic relationships between its four characters

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HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (PAC): Spectacle and sadness at the circus

Leonid Andreyev’s classic tale of love and death in the Big Top is given original interludes of circus acts and live music to set the stage and mood.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Curio): Bringing Arthur Miller to life

Curio’s production underscores the delusion and the rawness of the lives of the Loman family.

Susannah Hoffman and Dylan McDermott in BABY DOLL. Photo by Richard Termine.

BABY DOLL (McCarter): Not a girl, not yet a woman

In Tennessee Williams’s script for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and the 1956 screenplay that derives from it, Baby Doll, everybody puts Baby in a corner.

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DON QUIXOTE (Hedgerow): Cervantes’ knight errant rides anew

The fanciful adventures of knight errant Don Quixote and loyal his sidekick Sancho Panza are refreshingly revived.

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OTHELLO (Curio): A different approach to an iconic tragedy

This original take on OTHELLO has more the feel of a farcical comedy than an ironic tragedy

Josh Carpenter (left) as Pip and Sally Mercer as Miss Havisham in the Arden Theatre Company’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Photo by Mark Garvin.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Arden): Exceeds all expectations

With a perfect combination of passion, pride, storytelling, and imagination, the Arden Theatre Company’s production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS is a thrilling night of theater.

Aetna Gallagher and Brian McCann in Curio Theatre Company's OEDIPUSSY.

OEDIPUSSY (Curio): Shenanigans, tomfoolery and ballyhoo reign

OEDIPUSSY isn’t something to analyze, it’s just something to enjoy— an antidote to life’s heavy stuff. Appealingly physical and comically overwrought, it’s tons of fun. The most amazing thing about this lunatic version is that the epic tragic story actually emerges through all the clowning, sight gags and laughter.

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NO RESERVATIONS (PNAA): 60-second review

As the holiday season begins, so does the decorating process.  We all have those neighbors who take the time to remind us about the true story of Christmas, by displaying entire…

Hedgerow Macbeth review

MACBETH (Hedgrow): An ambitious and effective take on the Scottish play

Director Dan Hodge does not mind imposing his vision upon a text. His bold decision to combine the Ariel and Miranda characters proved surprisingly effective.in last season’s The Tempest at…

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s THE SEA PLAYS Fringe review

[32.2] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

Eugene O’Neill’s early maritime heart-wrenchers, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone, are brought to life in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s devastatingly effective site-specific production of THE SEA PLAYS….

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[32.1] THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): Fringe review

With a series of celebrated readings and full productions (including 2012 Fringe hit The Creditors) Philadelphia Artists’ Collective has established a reputation as one of the best independent companies in…

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Fringe Preview 8: Old City Fringe

Once upon a time the Old City Fringe was the Philly Fringe. Old City on the first Friday in September was the place to be, with guerrilla shows, plays in…

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NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD (Theatre Exile): If the Boss wrote plays he’d write this one

A few years ago I was at that good used bookstore on 20th Street by the Free Library and saw a crowd gathering on the Parkway: Bruce Springsteen was about…

Philadelphia Artists Collective Timon of Athens review

Everybody’s talking about TIMON OF ATHENS (PAC)

With their engaging interpretations of classic plays, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective has established a reputation as one of the best and boldest independent theater companies in town. Each new production is…