Daniel Ison

RED LODGE, MONTANA (The Antidote): 2019 Fringe review

A bizarro fusion of indolence, violence, nudity, sex, and dance

“It’s all a marathon, not a sprint”: Interview with Keith Illidge on Inis Nua’s production of UNTITLED

Tina Gill interviews Keith Illidge about his work and role in Inis Nua’s UNTITLED

UNTITLED (Inis Nua): Brother, Name, Destiny—The American premiere of Inua Ellams’ drama

Two brothers must find each other before they can find themselves.

GEM OF THE OCEAN (Arden): A thing of beauty

GEM OF THE OCEAN is about a lot of things, including race, mysticism, and murder.

BOX CLEVER (Inis Nua): 60-second review

With BOX CLEVER, Inis Nua has done the impossible: make bureaucracy theatrical.

COLLECTED STORIES (Act II): Friendship in the real world

As we enter the season of unpredictable weather, go to Act II to get their take on the warm and fuzzies mixed with the cold shoulder.

FRANKENSTEIN; OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (Quintessence Theatre): It’s Alive!!

Quintessence Theatre dynamically brings to life Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation in a fantastic, eerily staged production

OUR FEW AND EVIL DAYS (Inis Nua): Tantalizing ambiguity

This is difficult review to write since almost anything I’d say would be a spoiler. I can say this much: Go see it.

JULIUS CAESAR (Quintessence): Why must republics fall?

Quintessence Theatre Group explores the Shakespearean death throes of the Roman Republic.

Tiger Players: Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists present its first full production

This month, PAPA seeks to solidify its presence in the city with its first full production, Tiger Style! by Mike Lew.

UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

THE BROKEN HEART (Quintessence): Dark matter

Melancholy John Ford was more ‘himself’ and less ‘Shakespearean’ than other less bold Cavalier dramatists.

WILDE TALES (Quintessence): Where the WILDE things are

Oscar Wilde once wrote to a friend that his two books of fairy tales were intended “partly for children and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of…

Kyra Baker, Newton Buchanan, Andrew J. Carroll, Aetna Gallagher, and Doug Greene in NOISES OFF. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

NOISES OFF (Curio): Utter nonsense, superbly structured and out of control

Michael Frayn’s enormously popular 1980s play is a zany farce about doors and sardines, relationships, and mistakes.

Conversations on Chekhov: What gimmicks? The Arden’s THREE SISTERS has a lasting effect

In September of 1900 Anton Chekhov confessed in a letter to his actress-wife Olga Knipper: “I find it very difficult to write THREE SISTERS, much more difficult than any other of my…