Jorge Cousineau

Philadelphia Theater through the eyes of J. Cooper Robb, Part 1: 2002–2003

Remembering Philadelphia theater history through the eyes of a venerable theater reviewer.

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Arden): Imagining another Nora

Naomi Orwin asks: Would a woman have envisioned a different Nora? A different Torvald?

A Dolls House Part 2 Arden theatre review

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Arden): After the slam

Lucas Hnath takes up Nora’s story fifteen years after the events of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play.

A DOLL’S HOUSE (Arden): Ibsen for our times

A timelessly relevant damnation of our human falsehoods is also an au courant commentary on sexism.

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WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED (Opera Philly): 2017 Fringe review

Relevant themes and ideas rarely seen on an opera stage

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Arden): “Your First Shade!”

Dito van Reigersberg in a new drag persona steals the spotlight in this riotuous, fierce production.

Summer Club: Swinging on the Shore

This weekend, while the cheese-steak crowd is piling into Wildwood, sophisticated Philadelphians go on their annual pilgrimage to Cape May to experience the latest program of The Summer Club.

36 VIEWS (Lantern): Using artifice to reveal truths

Visually beautiful and compelling in its coherence, 36 VIEWS weaves these intellectual concepts on the uncertainty of art and life with a wholly original style.

THE SECRET GARDEN (Arden): Captivating mystery and haunting artistry

A superb cast and creative artistic design bring the story of traumatic loss and joyful renewal to life in the haunting musical adaptation of a Victorian classic.

I WILL NOT GO GENTLY (1812): Rage, rage against the dying of the light

The production keeps audience members of all ages laughing with outrageous and suggestive songs by Jennifer Childs and Christopher Colucci.

Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac team up for (In)Visible

It’s been a meeting of dancer-choreographer minds, bodies and private worlds of dancer-choreographers Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac.

RICHARD III (People’s Light): Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction

A dichotomy of delight and disgust makes this production such a treat—a feast with many courses, each richly flavored and deeply textured.

FUNNYMAN (Arden): Comedy on the brink of tragedy

A new play by Bruce Graham considers the sadness that often underlies comedy and the need to adapt to changing styles and the struggles of life.

Santa Colucci and His Merry Philadelphia Theater Elves: Behind the scenes of a holiday video

Interview with Christopher Colucci about the making of a holiday

THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812): The tenth anniversary of an annual favorite

This year’s installment of the annual politically-incorrect political comedy skewers the presidential candidates and brings some welcome laughs to a troubled week

ANDY: A POPERA (Opera Philadelphia & The Bearded Ladies): 2015 Fringe Review 37

An exciting multi-media collaboration reflects the operatic life and times of Andy Warhol and the Pop Sixties.

PASSION (Arden): Pretty anticlimactic

Excerpted from NealsPaper.com by kind permission. Stephen Sondheim’s musical PASSION comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, Giorgio (Ben Michael), suddenly becomes deeply enamored of the homely, lonely, Fosca (Liz Filios). It…

UNDER THE SKIN (Arden): The boundaries of the body and the limits of love: It’s complicated

There’s little inherent humor in a guy needing a kidney, but evidently no one told that to Michael Hollinger.

Danny Gardner as Johann Martin Steindorff in BACH AT LEIPZIG at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

BACH AT LEIPZIG (People’s Light): 60-second review

People’s Light & Theatre Company pairs Itamar Moses’s uber-witty historical farce BACH AT LEIPZIG with the zaniness of director Pete Pryor in a hilarious, intelligent production.