Mary Tuomanen

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A dilettante at large reviews NE QUITTEZ PAS (Opera Philadelphia)

What a complicated evening, filled with gorgeous singing and roiled emotions and puzzling theatrics

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THE PRESENTED (Chris Davis): 2018 Fringe review

Chris Davis has come into his own as an exuberant and irresistible Rumpelstiltskin who spins his own life’s straw into gold.

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Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios

FUN HOME (Arden Theatre): LOL misery

The Bechdel family has a funeral home (dubbed Fun Home by the kids) and also a not-fun family home.

The members of Orbiter 3: Emily Acker, L M Feldman, Sam Henderson, James Ijames, and Mary Tuomanen

All Things Must Pass: Orbiter 3 members consider their finale

In the end, the plays you produce are greater than the plays you don’t

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JULIUS CAESAR (Quintessence): Why must republics fall?

Quintessence Theatre Group explores the Shakespearean death throes of the Roman Republic.

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ALCHEMIST (Chris Davis & Mary Tuomanen): 2017 Fringe review

A friend “knows who you are and forgives you for it.”

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Fringe in Sketch: ALCHEMIST (Mary Tuomanen & Chris Davis)

Mary Tuomamen and Chris Davis push life size keys that signal to each other through space and time

THESE TERRIBLE THINGS used a famous image of a child rescued from a concentration camp asked to draw "home".

24 Picks for the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

What to see at the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

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PEACEABLE KINGDOM (Orbiter 3): Can we live in peace?

A remarkable play navigating the deep waters of philosophy and the shallow waters of adults wearing animal costumes.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

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Mary Tuomanen in HELLO! SADNESS!  Photos by  Daryl Peveto.

Two by Tuomanen: MARCUS/EMMA (InterAct) and HELLO! SADNESS (FringeArts)

Two shows by Philadelphia writer Mary Tuomanen opened on consecutive nights last week, providing a singular opportunity to assess common threads tying together works by the author.

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BORTLE 8 (Tiny Dynamite): Set the controls for the heart of darkness

Chris Davis’s imaginative one-man play gets a deservedly professional staging as part of Tiny Dynamite’s A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series

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Drone Warfare Hits Home: Kittson O’Neill on InterAct’s GROUNDED

Kittson O’Neill plays a fighter pilot and expectant mother living in a desert suburb in the U.S. Southwest, controlling weapons which kill people in a distant foreign desert.

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Who but Chris Davis would even think of a ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW?

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FEED (Applied Mechanics): 2016 Fringe review 14

Narrative, fiction, performance, and reality collide through the breaking of bread.

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THE JAWS PROJECT (Robert Daponte, Mary Tuomaney, Sam Henderson): SoLow review

The ensemble’s naturalistic performances and fast-paced dialogue create a very funny play, and the extremely minimal production elements and do-it-yourself approach to theater makes the audience an intrinsic part of the show.

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MACHINAL (EgoPo): Welcome to the machine

A dank, metallic, appropriately oppressive feel imbues this production of Sophie Treadwell’s 90-year-old play.

Andrew Carroll and Kristen Bailey star in HOLLY'S DEAD SOLDIERS.

HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Chris Davis, Bruce Walsh and Douglas Williams): 60-second review

Adapting Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s but not pulling verbatim from the novella, three playwrights have created a special experience in a Point Breeze row home.