Kevin Bergen

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MOON OVER BUFFALO (People’s Light): A few doors short of a farce

Why did People’s Light exhume this largely forgotten play from its well-deserved obscurity?

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UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

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KING JOHN (Revolution Shakespeare): 2016 Fringe review 88

You won’t get many opportunities to see KING JOHN; you’re unlikely to see one as well-rendered as Revolution Shakespeare’s.

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at People’s Light features Claire Inie-Richards and Sam Ashdown (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (People’s Light): An epic production of an Austen classic

A brilliant new stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy of manners captures the satiric wit and sociological insight of the 19th-century classic.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (BRT): Pollution and politics

Henrik Ibsen’s classic gets a beautiful production at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

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NORA (DTC): A riveting production of a feminist classic

Ingmar Bergman’s 1981 stage adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is pared-down, focused, and intense. By reducing Ibsen’s original lengthy script by nearly half, Bergman endows the 19th-century feminist milestone with a post-modern clarity and import.qD

William Zielinski and Kevin Bergen in ROW AFTER ROW at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

ROW AFTER ROW (People’s Light): Finding the courage to fight and to heal

Local-born playwright Jessica Dickey considers the humor and heartache of mustering the courage to fight in an insightful comedy about three Civil War re-enactors.

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.

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.

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ROMEO AND JULIET (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): A Love to Die for

They’ve known each other for what—a couple of hours? Already they’re crazy in love, and they’ll steadfastly love each other against all odds. A love to die for. One of the world’s most celebrated and enduring love stories, ROMEO AND JULIET, is currently on stage at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (Arden Theatre): Dissonance v. harmony

The tragic news of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death by OD has, for the moment, wrested the subject of substance abuse from the shadows and thrust it into the limelight. With…

Michael Sharon plays the titular role in THE RAINMAKER at People’s Light (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

THE RAINMAKER (People’s Light): The Promise of Hope in Times of Hardship

People’s Light & Theatre Company has enjoyed success with its past offerings of masterworks about life in America in the first half of the 20th century (John Steinbeck’s Of Mice…

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A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT: Three Things We Can All Like

As a lover of theater, beer, and meat-filled pastries, I’ve been excited by the ads and positive buzz about this series from Tiny Dynamite for a few months. When I…