Grace Gonglewski

Philadelphia Theatre Company Hand of God review

HAND TO GOD (PTC): The human comedy with sock puppets

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

Alex Keiper and Dan Hodge in the Arden’s STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Arden): A sidesplitting and insightful reinvention of Chekhov

Aaron Posner’s hilarious reinvention of The Seagull captures all of Chekhov’s laughable characters, absurdities of life, and self-references to the theater from a 21st-century perspective.

Keith Hamilton Cobb as Julius Caesar and Spencer Plachy as Mark Antony. Photo by Lee A. Butz

JULIUS CAESAR (PA Shakespeare): A staging come to steal away your hearts

One must praise Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s CAESAR and do everything to keep it from being buried until the maximum number of people see Patrick Mulcahy’s intelligent, timely production.

Megan Nicole Arnoldy and Paul Schaefer in HIGH SOCIETY. Photo by Mark Garvin.

HIGH SOCIETY (Walnut): A curious Philadelphia Story

A curiously performed version of Arthur Kopit’s unnecessary rearranging and cheapening of The Philadelphia Story.

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.

1. Arden, Night Music, CPMullen & GGonglewski, photo MGarvin

The Arden Hits a High Note with A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Stephen Sondheim’s transcendent musical exposé of love, liaisons, and life in 1900 Sweden.

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Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2011-12

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 X, The Island (Lantern) Honorable…

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1812 Productions Weds Mamet in BOSTON MARRIAGE

I have a soft spot for the drawing room plays by Oscar Wilde, Somerset Maughan, and the like. With ready wit they provide amusing takedowns of bourgeois society, its conventions…

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Best of Philadelphia Theater, 2010-2011

The Barrymore Awards ceremony is tonight, and I’m not there, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own opinions about the best actors and productions of last season. I…