Bristol Riverside Theatre

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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.

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Six Questions for Six Directors: John O’Hara’s 12 CHAIRS gets a revamped production

Female-centric theater group ReVamp Collective presents 12 CHAIRS.

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A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE (BRT): Fall to pieces over Patsy

Someone should sit down and write a dozen Country tunes for Jessica Wagner to record in the style of Patsy Cline.

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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.

Eleanor Handley as Elvira, Ian Merrill Peaks as Charles, and Karen Peaks as Ruth. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

BLITHE SPIRIT (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Nothing beats watching actors at the top of their game biting into crunchy material and whipping it into a tasty delight.

Julianna Zinkel and Irungu Mutu in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (BRT): A poetic parable about the language of love

Julia Cho’s lofty romantic comedy examines the beauty of language and the failure of humans to communicate.

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Sixty Years of Philadelphia Theater: Interview with playwright Walt Vail

Tracing 60 years of theater history in Philadelphia through the eyes of one man.

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BUS STOP (BRT): A place of isolation

All of the individual stories the wayfarers tell in William Inge’s BUS STOP come through clearly in Susan D. Atkinson’s production of the ’50s classic at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (BRT): Pollution and politics

Henrik Ibsen’s classic gets a beautiful production at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

Jessica Wagner as Patsy Cline. Photo by Mark Garvin.

ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE (Bristol Riverside): Sweet dreams of a country superstar

Cline is a natural subject for the theater. Although the sad facts of Patsy’s marriage and difficult personal life are alluded to, ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE is more about a relationship a star was able to form with a fan than a full biography of the singer.

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THE 39 STEPS (Bristol Riverside Theatre): Intense mystery and low comedy

Intense mystery and low comedy combine in Patrick Barlow’s stage version of THE 39 STEPS.

Andrew McMath stars in Bristol Riverside Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Photo credit: BRT staff) 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Bristol Riverside Theatre): Don’t Feed the Plants!

The outlandish parody of the horror and sci-fi genres, now in production at Bristol Riverside Theatre, still elicits laughs and gasps from appreciative audiences and delights with a score of period-style rock, Motown, and doo-wop numbers. BRT’s show, directed with spot-on timing by Susan D. Atkinson, embraces all the retro-camp in the story of Seymour Krelborn