Curio Theatre Company

News and reviews for Curio Theatre Company in West Philadelphia.

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Fringe in Sketch: I, PEASEBLOSSUM (Curio Theatre)

I, PEASEBLOSSOM was a great character study for me. I wanted to keep capturing the many sides of Brian McCann.

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I, PEASEBLOSSOM (Curio): 2017 Fringe review

I, PEASEBLOSSOM is a lark, even compared to its light-hearted inspiration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Theater in Sketch: THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY (Curio)

The small cast at Curio Theatre play multiple roles in THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY, a dramatization of Gustave Flaubert’s novel (read the Phindie review). Aetna Gallagher, Andrew Blasenak,…

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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.

Alee Spadoni as Charlotte in Curio Theatre Company's ANTAGONYMS. Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas

ANTAGONYMS (Curio): What are any of us but destructive dualities

The messiness in Rachel Gluck’s debut play is what make it most lifelike. In the end, what are any of us but destructive dualities, fighting between our desires and our own self-interest?

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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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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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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.

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Jared Reed, a profile

“Every other actor I know had to convince their parents about why they should be in theater,” Reed says. “I never had that.”

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THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Curio): A light surface has a dark pull

Something funny across the surface with dark issues riding just under it.

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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.

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Arming GABLER: Prop designer Paul Kuhn talks about his work on HEDDA GABLER

Paul Kuhn is perhaps the finest designer in Philadelphia’s independent theater. He tells Phindie about his prop design for a site-specific production of Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Curio): One woman’s poignant and personal story

A timely retelling of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel.

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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

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THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER (Curio): Go and do likewise

Curio personalizes a national news story: THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER, a Methodist priest defrocked for officiating his son’s same sex wedding.

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2013/14 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

For the second year, Phindie asked local theater writers to vote on the best theatrical work produced in or near the city in the 2013/14 theater season.

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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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Is there money in theater? Where does it come from? Who gets it?

Phindie looks at tax returns for local theaters to see how much they brought in from what sources. We also look at who the best paid employee was for each “non-profit”.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Curio): Casting Disaster

The summer of 1998, I permanently moved out of my mother’s house. (My mother moved down to Nashville abruptly and without me.) So I traveled to Ireland and saw Brian…