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Theater in Sketch: THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY (Curio)

The small cast at Curio Theatre play multiple roles in THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY, a dramatization of Gustave Flaubert’s novel (read the Phindie review). Aetna Gallagher, Andrew Blasenak,…

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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

Antonio Fava making masks, photo by Marcella Fava

How Commedia dell’Arte Maestro Antonio Fava influenced my teaching and my life: Interview with Craig Tavani

Maestro Antonio Fava has taught Commedia dell’Arte to quite a few Philadelphia-area actors and directors, including Immaculata University instructor Craig Tavani.

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LIKE A BAT OUT OF HADES (Ombelico): 2015 Fringe Review 12

Ombelico Mask Ensemble delights with its updated bi-lingual version of Euripides’ Alcestis, performed outdoors in a rollicking Commedia dell’Arte style.

Leonard Haas in I HATE HAMLET at Montgomery Theater. Photo by Angela McMichael.

I HATE HAMLET (Montgomery): Paul Rudnick knows a hawk from a handsaw

I have seen a dozen productions of I HATE HAMLET, including the legendary Broadway staging that induced Evan Handler to complain to Actors Equity against co-star Nicol Williamson. This is one of the best.

John Bellomo and Renato Arcuri perform in Ombelico’s FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM (Photo credit: Courtesy of Ombelico Mask Ensemble)

FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): Fringe Review 56

Ombelico’s latest al fresco offering, FLIM FLAM PHANTOM SHAM, is a delightful synthesis of traditional Commedia dell’Arte with current Philadelphia references, delivered in Italian and English—or Philly’s local version thereof!—which kept me in stitches throughout the entire all-ages show.

The ensemble of Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s HAMLET (Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole)

HAMLET (Delaware Shakespeare Festival): “’Fore God, my lord, well spoken . . .”

While “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” something is wonderful in the state of Delaware! With its unsurpassed examination of the human condition, profound emotions, and exquisitely beautiful language, HAMLET is considered by many (myself among them) to be the world’s greatest play by the world’s greatest playwright.

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THE SCREWTAPE LETTTERS (Lantern): 60-second review

The Lantern Theater Company’s remount of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C.S. Lewis is a sizzling show from hell. Kathryn Osenlund’s 60-second review

Aetna Gallagher and Brian McCann in Curio Theatre Company's OEDIPUSSY.

OEDIPUSSY (Curio): Shenanigans, tomfoolery and ballyhoo reign

OEDIPUSSY isn’t something to analyze, it’s just something to enjoy— an antidote to life’s heavy stuff. Appealingly physical and comically overwrought, it’s tons of fun. The most amazing thing about this lunatic version is that the epic tragic story actually emerges through all the clowning, sight gags and laughter.