Deirdre Madigan

Deirdre Madigan and Michael Cullen in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): Saving the bell

We get to experience the empty pathos around a building demolition in which the faculty come together ostensibly to mourn their old school but instead wind up mourning the people they once were.

Aimé Donna Kelly, Ryan Spahn and Brandon Pierce in Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of the East Coast premiere of EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, running through February 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  For Photo credit: Mark Garvin

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): All due respect

Holter’s play calls out and subverts the “inspirational white teacher” motif in popular culture because EXIT STRATEGY avoids the Hollywoodization of the decay of America’s public school system.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Picks for Best in Theater, 2014/15, by Philly Reviewer Neal Zoren

Each year, Philadelphia-based reviewer Neal Zoren announces his choices for the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. A fair number of the picks on Neal’s list are performers and productions from the Philadelphia area.

Ben Dibble, winner of "Best Actor" for his role in Herringbone at Flashpoint Theatre.

Neal Zoren announces his picks for the best in Philadelphia theater, 2014

Each January, local critic Neil Zoren announces his favorite production, direction, and male and female actor and male and female supporting actor for the previous calendar year.

Grace Gonglewski as Masha, Kraig Swartz as Vanya, and Deirdre Madigan as Sonia in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Philadelphia Theatre Company): Absurdist Farce on Russian Angst

The angst-laden work and gloomy characters of Anton Chekhov provide funny fodder and apropos appellations for Christopher Durang’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, now in production at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. The Bucks County playwright set his Tony Award-winning comedy where he lives, making for a decidedly quirky yet familiar combination of current local references and recurrent allusions to the Russian classics in a zany family reunion filled with adult sibling rivalry and childish temper tantrums.