Matt Pfeiffer

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BUZZER (Theatre Exile): We wouldn’t come here if we didn’t live here

A provocative and dismaying story, conveyed through complex characters rather than through statistics and theories

Ray Didinger (Simon Canuso Kiley) meets his boyhood hero Tommy McDonald (Ned Pryce) back in the late 1950s in TOMMY & ME. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

TOMMY & ME (Theatre Exile): Theatrical touchdown

A lovely and elegiac look at how a sportswriter developed his love for football and friendship with an Eagles quarterback.

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TOMMY AND ME (Theatre Exile): There am I in the midst of them

TOMMY AND ME does a lot to make itself likable. Didinger’s love for McDonald is evident and provides a herculean effort towards making the play work. It’s incredibly tempting to allow yourself to be swept away in a sea of sincerity.

Ian Merrill Peaks as Petruchio and Eleanor Handley as Katherina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Photos by Lee A. Butz.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (PA Shakes): Shrewd Shakespeare

A good production that benefits most when it puts farce aside and concentrates on two people using their will to create partnership and harmony

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STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (InterAct): Rattling cages…

Young Jean Lee’s brave societal exploration brings out the issues of privilege among, you guessed it—straight white men.

Ian Merrill Peakes (left) with Maboud Ebrahimzadeh in THE INVISIBLE HAND. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Men At Some Time Are Masters of Their Fates: Interview with Maboud Ebrahimzadeh on THE INVISIBLE HAND

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

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The Invisible Hand of Director Matt Pfeiffer

Theatre Exile’s production of THE INVISIBLE HAND features an all-star creative team. We interviewed them.

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[podcast] J. Paul Nicholas on THE INVISIBLE HAND

J. Paul Nicholas on the politics and conversations that surround this well-executed production.

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You might be done with the past, but the past ain’t done with you: Matt Pfeiffer on O’Neill’s ANNA CHRISTIE

Matt Pfeiffer discusses the Eugene O’Neill play ahead of PAC’s reading.

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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.

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Second Acts: Top Philly playwright Bruce Graham talks FUNNYMAN and life in the theater

When you think Philadelphia theater, you think Bruce Graham. He shares his thoughts about his latest play, the state of theater in Philadelphia, and the art of writing plays.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

And the Winners Are… 2015 Barrymore Award winners

2015 Barrymore Awards recipients by award category

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister): 2015 Fringe review 43

This hilarious musical workshop reading of an adapted 19th-century fairytale is a treat for all ages!

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Fringe Preview: THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsister)

The creators/performers of THE LIGHT PRINCESS discuss the development of their adaptation of the 19th-century Scottish fairytale before its workshop production in the Fringe.

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HENRY V (PA Shakespeare): The king is but a man

While HENRY V contains two of Shakespeare’s most stirring speeches, smaller, less rhetorical moments are the more engrossing in Matt Pfeiffer’s staging for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Lantern): 60-second review

The adaptation appropriates the ludicrous plot points and outlandish characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s opus for a fast and fun theatrical comedy.

Scott Greer and Anthony Lawton in TO THE MOON.

TO THE MOON (1812 Productions): An homage to The Great One, who was not so great after all

Whether you were a fan of The Honeymooners, or have never seen more than a clip on YouTube, this homage to The Great One reminds us of what comedy used to be like.

Liz (Kate Czajkowski) and Charlie (Scott Greer) in Theatre Exile's THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Photo credit: Paola Nogueras.

THE WHALE (Theatre Exile): Intelligence and transformation moving under the surface

Not many plays have this kind of unmistakable resonance. When you encounter such a play, you know it. With works of consequence you can feel the pull of intelligence and transformation moving under the surface.

Keith Conallen as Crumpet in Flashpoint’s THE SANTALAND DIAIRES (Photo credit: Courtesy of Flashpoint Theatre Company)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Flashpoint): The return of a hilarious holiday tradition

Flashpoint Theatre Company brings back its signature show for the holidays, David Sedaris’s THE SANTALAND DIARIES, for a ten-performance pre-Christmas run.