Christopher Colucci

Sweat Philadelphia theater review

SWEAT (PTC): What’s the matter with Reading?

Why does SWEAT appeal to us, as aging urban middle-to-upper-to-upper-upper-class theatergoers? Do we hope to understand? Relate? Gawk? What do we applaud?

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PASSAGE (Wilma): Love and death in Country X

The way to get an audience to ask itself profound questions about a work is not by asking the audience profound questions about the work.

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Theater in Sketch: PASSAGE (Wilma Theater)

PASSAGE reminds sketch artist Chuck Schultz of a painting at the Philadelphia Museum by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Marc D. Donovan and Keith J. Conallen in A STEADY RAIN in Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. Photo by Mark Garvin

A STEADY RAIN (Walnut St): An intense and engrossing cop show

If you’re a fan of TV police procedurals this is the play for you.

MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light): A sorority of acting talent

A delightful comedy that shows an evening and morning in the lives of four sisters

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Theater in Sketch: MORNING’S AT SEVEN (People’s Light)

Paul Osborne’s 1939 comedy gets a new production in Malvern, PA.

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THE CRAFTSMAN (Lantern): Crafting a good story

Now in its world premiere from Lantern Theater, the latest play by Philly’s favorite playwright Bruce Graham is based on a true story. It’s a great story.

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS & COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD (Lantern Theater Company): Locked in limbo with literati

The Lantern team transforms an essentially all-talk playscript into an engaging, living piece of theater.

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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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KING JOHN (Revolution Shakespeare): 2016 Fringe review 88

You won’t get many opportunities to see KING JOHN; you’re unlikely to see one as well-rendered as Revolution Shakespeare’s.

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Fringe in Sketch: SHADOW HOUSE

SHADOW HOUSE was an impressive immersive piece

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Photo credit: RA Friedman

SHADOW HOUSE (Brenna Geffers and Philadelphia Opera Collective): 2016 Fringe review 2

This site-specific installation unravels the layers of emotion and humanity that the historic Powel House contains

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

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I WILL NOT GO GENTLY (1812): Rage, rage against the dying of the light

The production keeps audience members of all ages laughing with outrageous and suggestive songs by Jennifer Childs and Christopher Colucci.

Aaron Cromie and Ian Merrill Peakes in Walnut Street Theatre’s PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Walnut): A wacky look at the backstory of Peter Pan

An outstanding ensemble recounts the backstory of Peter Pan in a madcap prequel with music.

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Chatting with the Lantern’s Charles McMahon about his new play on Oscar Wilde

Charles McMahon discusses the inspiration, themes, and format of his new play on Oscar Wilde, prior to its world premiere with Lantern Theater Company.

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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.

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STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Lantern): 60-second review

The adaptation appropriates the ludicrous plot points and outlandish characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s opus for a fast and fun theatrical comedy.