Marcia Saunders

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Theater in Sketch: HIR (Simpatico)

Simpatico Theatre Company’s production of HIR by Taylor Mac challenges audiences to reconsider preconceptions of gender identity

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HIR (Simpatico): We are all everything

Author’s note: Taylor Mac uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. This review reflects Mac’s preference. Taylor Mac’s work is unwieldy and absurdist, challenging and unsettling. These elements often work to…

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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STELLA AND LOU (People’s Light): A middle-aged rom-com with South Philly attitude

No one captures the timbre of hometown Philadelphia better than playwright Bruce Graham, and nowhere is that more evident than in this regional premiere.

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Classic Plays, Living Playwrights? Interview with Ian August, author of THE MOOR’S SON (PAC)

Katherine Fritz sat down with Ian August to chat Shakespeare, history, and what it means to be the guy who says, “I think I’d like to write a sequel to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.”

Marcia Saunders and Harry Watermeier star in A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Photo credit: Emma Gibson)

A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY (Tiny Dynamite and Azuka Theatre Company): A wildly heartwarming week 3 of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell accomplishes the unexpected in his one-act obscenity-laden comedy A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY

Ian Merrill Peakes, Mary Martello, and Paul L. Nolan in Arden Theatre Company’s Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger. Photo by Mark Garvin

INCORRUPTIBLE (Arden): Laughter in the monastery

The set of Michael Hollinger’s witty INCORRUPTIBLE looks like it has been there for hundreds of years, transporting one back to the days of monks and minstrels. At the Abbey…

(clockwise from left) Julianna Zinkel, Clare Mahoney, Jessica Bedford, and Becky Baumwoll in PRIDE & PREJUDICE at People’s Light & Theatre Company (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

PRIDE & PREJUDICE (People’s Light & Theatre Company): Structure and Snobbery in Regency England

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Jane Austen’s classic tale of class, courtship, and decorum in 19th-century England, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2013. People’s Light & Theatre Company continues the celebration with…

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WHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM (New City): Side-Splitting Satire on a Timely Topic

Written by Durang (a Bucks County native) in 2009, in the aftermath of Abu Ghraib and in the midst of America’s unending involvement in the Middle East, WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM will have you howling, as well as questioning the sanity of our elected officials, national security advisers, and the growing reactionary fringe of our voting populace (if you don’t already).