Jake Blouch

Shining Star: Jessica Bedford talks about METEOR SHOWER at the Walnut

Jessica Bedford is shining brightly in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower.

Walnut Street Theatre Meteor Shower review image

METEOR SHOWER (Walnut Street): The sparks don’t fly

Steve Martin was once funny and smart.

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

Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

MAURITIUS (Act II): Feeling the philatelia

Act II Playhouse gets all dramatic with Theresa Rebeck’s MAURITIUS

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Mauckingbird): Uncovering a gay treasure

“Gay PIRATES OF PENZANCE? Isn’t that redundant?” It’s more like Gilbert and Sullivan’s zany comedy is finally fully realized.

THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Shakespeare in Clark Park): A nice night in the park

The production, though occasionally troubled, can still put a finger on the pulse of Shakespeare at its best.

SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEE (11th Hour): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. SEE WHAT I WANT TO SEE receives a bravura production from Megan Nicole O’Brien and 11th Hour. But show biz brightness is not always…

AS YOU LIKE IT (Lantern): As you’ve never seen it!

A cross-temporal interpretation of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan classic injects passages of current expressions and gestures, slapstick, and original music into the well-known pastoral rom-com.

The Best in Philadelphia Theater, 2015

Each January, local theater critic Neal Zoren announces his picks for the best in Philadelphia theater over the previous calendar year.

A GREAT WAR (Iron Age): 2015 Fringe review 40

This tense, evocative play explores the eternal verities of war, sacrifice, and deceit.

2014/15 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

Local theater writers vote for their favorites in twelve categories!

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.

Pearce Bunting and Catharine Slusar star as George and Martha in Theatre Exile’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Photo credit: Paola Nogueras)

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Exile): A tour-de-force production of an American classic

The iconic three-act, three-hour marathon of marital warfare eviscerates the myth of the American family, revealing the drama and devastation behind the façade of our societal expectations

Theater Artists Making Beautiful Music in NY and Philly

The theater community contains a wealth of multi-talented artists who are not only gifted actors, but also highly skilled singers, musicians, and composers.

UNNECESSARY FARCE (Act II): 60-second review

A stakeout goes awry with hilarious consequences in UNNECESSARY FARCE at Act II Playhouse.

Christopher Patrick Mullen as Merlyn and Susan McKey as Archimedes in ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON at People’s Light (Photo caption: Mark Garvin)

ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): Coming of age in the Middle Ages

The family friendly holiday panto takes a wacky look at the growing pains of the future King Arthur as he faces the challenges of life, learning, and leadership.

Maria Konstantinidis stars as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Act II Playhouse's production of "Man of La Mancha," now playing through June 8, 2014. Photo by Bill D'Agostino.

MAN OF LA MANCHA (Act II): 60-second review

MAN OF LA MANCHA is a play within a play. The production is the clear result of what happens when a group of professionals pour their talents into a common goal.

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…

Lantern Theater Company's production of Jane Austen's EMMA review

EMMA (Lantern): Philly falls for Austenmania

Over the past few years, there’s been a surprising and unlikely spark of interest in Jane Austen. Austen’s novels—Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Persuasion, et al—have been required reading for over…