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PAC Tis Pity

’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (PAC): 60-second review

PAC’s full production of the 17th century play retains the fun and accessibility of its Venture Reading series performances.

Theater in Sketch: ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (PAC)

Philadelphia Artist Collective’s’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE is running March 28-April 14, 2019 at Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choir 1336 Spring Garden street, and I was there to sketch it….

Jennifer Summerfield Medea

MEDEA, A Woman in Crisis: Interview with Jennifer Summerfield

Henrik Eger interviews the star of Hedgerow’s new production of a classical Greek tragedy.

MARY ROSE (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): 2018 Fringe review

However crammed your Fringe calendar may be, don’t miss this one.

THE TEMPEST (Lantern): Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

Lantern Theater’s production of THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s last play, is an enjoyable, modest show, full of comedy and romance and the gentle spirit of human forgiveness.

THE WHITE DEVIL (PAC): A bloody good thriller

PAC gives the Jacobin the veneer of a mid-20th century hard-boiler. Sketches by Chuck Schultz.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC): A mingled web well woven

PAC’s current production confirms its reputation as the best adaptor of classic works.

Theater in Sketch: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC)

Sketches of William Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL from Philadelphia Artists’ Collective.

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Lantern): Thought-provoking amusement

In a Philadelphia theater season with an auspicious beginning, this production of MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION might be the most auspicious of all.

THE LION IN WINTER (CCTC): A lion for all seasons

It’s the year 1183 and Henry II is disappointed in his sons and in love with a much younger woman. Some things never change.

DRACULA (Hedgerow): Raising the stakes

This not your usual resurrection of the Dracula story of seducing young women to join him in the realm of the undead.

THE CAPTIVE (PAC): 2015 Fringe review 5

Although it has lost the shock value (lesbianism!) it had in the 1920s, it is easy to see why PAC were attracted to this forgotten play.

RAGE OF ACHILLES (CCTC): The absurdity and tragedy of war

Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents a world-premiere production of Paul Parente’s meaningful tragicomedy on the absurdities and horrors of war, inspired by the events and characters from Homer’s Iliad.

The Powel House

The Powel House: Utilizing Historic PhilaLandmarks as venues for the arts

Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015, the Powel House is hosting an array of special events in the fine and performing arts throughout the year.

Jared Reed as Hamlet and Jennifer Summerfield as Horatio in Hedgerow Theatre's HAMLET. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

To alter or not to alter, that is the question: Dan Hodge on directing HAMLET in unorthodox ways

Dan Hodge discusses his edited version of HAMLET, onstage through November 23 at Hedgerow Theatre.

Friendzone? Jennifer Summerfield as Horatio. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

HAMLET (Hedgerow): The play’s the thing

I have some friends who think William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language, but they don’t like going to the theater to see performances of his work. Why,…

Jennifer Summerfield as Horatio and Jared Reed as the title character in Hedgerow Theatre's HAMLET. Photo by Kyle Cassidy.

[podcast] Cutting Hamlet: Director Dan Hodge on adapting Shakespeare’s masterpiece for the stage

Every staged version of Hamlet is edited. Posterity left us two “authentic” written versions of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, as well as a poorly transcribed but dramatically more coherent “foul” text….

Krista Apple-Hodge as Queen Elizabeth I. (Photo credit: Plate3Photography)

MARY STUART (PAC): The Prison of Power

Philadelphia Artist Collective’s tightly-corseted production of Frederich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, starring the earth-shattering Charlotte Northeast and the finely-tuned Krista Apple Hodge will leave you white-knuckle-gripping the edge of your seat. Sitting in a severe theater-in-the-round circle, the audience itself forms four oppressive walls seemingly trapping the actors on the Broad Street Ministry’s cherry wood floor. If Schiller were alive today, he would raise a thumb in approval of director Dan Hodge’s minimalist approach.

Hedgerow Macbeth review

MACBETH (Hedgrow): An ambitious and effective take on the Scottish play

Director Dan Hodge does not mind imposing his vision upon a text. His bold decision to combine the Ariel and Miranda characters proved surprisingly effective.in last season’s The Tempest at…

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s THE SEA PLAYS Fringe review

THE SEA PLAYS (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective): 2013 Fringe review 32.2

Eugene O’Neill’s early maritime heart-wrenchers, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone, are brought to life in the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s devastatingly effective site-specific production of THE SEA PLAYS….