This original take on OTHELLO has more the feel of a farcical comedy than an ironic tragedyView More OTHELLO (Curio): A different approach to an iconic tragedy
Curio personalizes a national news story: THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER, a Methodist priest defrocked for officiating his son’s same sex wedding.View More THE MATTER OF FRANK SCHAEFER (Curio): Go and do likewise
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.View More 2013/14 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater
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.View More OEDIPUSSY (Curio): Shenanigans, tomfoolery and ballyhoo reign
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”.View More Is there money in theater? Where does it come from? Who gets it?
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…View More DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Curio): Casting Disaster
Photographer Kyle Cassidy is a Philadelphia treasure. He has been documenting American culture since the 1990s, photographing goths, punks, cutters, politicians, metalheads, dominatrices, scholars, and…View More Photo Essay: Kyle Cassidy captures DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Curio Theatre)
Harry Slack has cut the gaping holes in Shakespeare’s logic into microscope slides, and the result is a hilarious and self-aware send-up of the rarely-discussed flaws in the work of our most beloved playwright.View More GENDER COMEDY: A LESS STUPID TWELFTH NIGHT GAY FANTASIA (Curio): A loving parody brings infectious glee
The world’s most famous love story is given a new twist. The familiar characters are now the teenaged daughters of the feuding Montague and Capulet families, whose tragic romance is used to explore the true universality of Shakespeare’s themes.View More ROMEO AND JULIET (Curio): A same-sex take on Shakespeare’s classic
Shakespeare is timeless. Romeo and Juliet is a universal love story. You have probably heard those sentiments expressed before, but are they true? Well, it’s…View More How universal is Romeo and Juliet? Challenging hetronormative assumptions.
“Rare moths, wives pretending to be sisters,” deadly moors, escaped killers, and a legendary hellhound: the plot points of Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE HOUND OF…View More THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Curio): 60-second review
Like the rest of us, theater companies have to file taxes. This tax day, we look at some information from the most recent publicly available tax returns (generally 2012) for some major and independent Philadelphia companies.View More Tax time. Is there any money in theater?
For Phindie’s first Philadelphia Independent Theater Podcast, hosts Christopher Munden and John Rosenberg sit down for coffee with local actor Jennifer Summerfield. We talk about…View More Phindie Podcast 01: coffee with Jennifer Summerfield
Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS premiered in 1973, and its age shows. A psycho-sexual exploration of insanity, spirituality, and conformity, it continues to appeal to generations of…View More 60-second review: EQUUS (Curio)
“At night I wonder how you are feeling, what you think, if you’re happy, if you can sleep. Even when I pray, I wonder what…View More Divided By Faith: Curio Theatre’s THE RUNNER STUMBLES
Here are my annual picks for the best of Philadelphia theater: Best Play: August: Osage County (Arden) Honorable mention: The Island (Lantern) Best Actor, Male: Frank…View More Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will…View More THE TEMPEST (Curio): Such stuff as dreams are made on
Charles Dickens asked in his will that no memorials be erected to him and so the life-size sculpture of the author in Clarke Park in…View More “Great Expectations” at Curio Theatre
Irish playwright Conor McPherson has been called the “finest dramatist of his generation” (London Telegraph) with works that are “as near to perfection as a play can come”…View More Conor McPherson’s The Weir: Subtlety and the Supernatural at the Curio Theatre