EgoPo Classic Theater

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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

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2017 Barrymore Awards nominations

On August 21, Theatre Philadelphia announced nominees for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Established companies led the day.

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Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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SEAGULL (EgoPo): A comedy of torn hearts and thwarted dreams

The pathetically unfulfilled romantic expectations! The sad characters and absurd human comedy! EgoPo nails it, and beautifully. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

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DELIRIUM (EgoPo): 60-second review

At 800+ pages, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov would not seem ideally suited to theatrical interpretation.

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MACHINAL (EgoPo): Welcome to the machine

A dank, metallic, appropriately oppressive feel imbues this production of Sophie Treadwell’s 90-year-old play.

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THE WOMEN (EgoPo): An engaging show turns a trifle into a treatise

Clare Boothe Luce saw her 1936 play as a critique of certain malicious denizens of Park Avenue. Director Lane Savadove sees more in it.

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THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (EgoPo): A superbly acted historical anecdote

EgoPo Classic Theater continues its foray into classics of American drama with a focus on female playwrights.

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A Woman’s World: A conversation with Brenna Geffers, Lane Savadove, and Adrienne Mackey on bringing a new focus on women to Philadelphia theater

For the theme of its 2015–16 season, EgoPo Classic Theater has announced it will honor American female playwrights: Lillian Hellman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Sophie Treadwell.

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THE HAIRY APE (EgoPo): The cage of modern life

The challenge for EgoPo director Brenna Geffers was to make a play which must have been theatrically and politically radical a century ago relevant to a 21st-century audience.

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STAIRS TO THE ROOF (EgoPo and Rowan): An absurdist take on a fledgling work by Tennessee Williams

This is Tennessee Williams as you’ve never seen him, filled with youthful ardor, idealism, and scorn, and well suited for showcasing a young ensemble of emerging talents.

The Loman family in EgoPo Classic Theater’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN: Ed Swidey (Willy), Mary Lee Bednarek (Linda), Sean Lally (Biff), and Kevin Chick (Happy). Photo by David Cimetta

DEATH OF A SALESMAN (EgoPo): A Jewish take on the classic of American theater

DEATH OF A SALESMAN is often seen as a cultural comment on the American Dream, in EgoPo’s production it is a moving look at a man, his son, and their personal tragedies.

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GINT (EgoPo): Ibsen as American folklorist

Romulus Linney’s GINT, now in an engaging staging by EgoPo Productions, does an admirable job of translating this modernist classic for contemporary audiences. Linney reworks the story so it seems to have been lifted straight from the annals of American folklore.

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Victor Fiorillo, A Doll’s House, and the role of the reviewer

A review by Victor Fiorillo of EgoPo Classic Theatre’s A Doll’s House got Phindie writer Julius Ferraro contemplating the role of reviewer. This is part of Phindie‘s ongoing series on theater criticism….

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[8] A DOLL’S HOUSE (EgoPo Classic Theatre): Fringe review

A DOLL’S HOUSE, Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale of female confinement, is ripe for adaptation to the world of a teenage girl: the claustrophobia of a man’s world, the need to…

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Fringe Preview 9: Center City Fringe

There’s still a cachet and a natural audience draw when a work is staged in the center of town, and that’s still where most of the theaters in town are…

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Don’t Worry Philly, There Will Be Theater in August

August is not the best of theater months. For most theaters, mainstream and small, the season is still a September or October to May session. With FringeArts taking over September…

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for FringeArts 2013

HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK by Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Photo credit: Steve Belkowitz) This year’s FringeArts Festival has a new name, but the same two categories as before….

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Afterthoughts on UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo)

EgoPo’s show closes at Plays & Players in Philadelphia tonight. I finally got to see it at the end of the run. The finale of their American Vaudeville Festival, UNCLE…

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UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: AN UNFORTUNATE HISTORY (EgoPo): An unfortunate production

Rooted like wooden figurines in a nineteenth-century music box, the cast of EgoPo Classic Theater’s adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’s CABIN stand in front of a gigantic American…