philadelphia theater reviews

Phindie regularly publishes Philadelphia theater reviews and articles on the performing arts in Philadelphia.

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THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (Hedgerow Theatre): 60-second review

A sense of familiarity permeates THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, Matt Tallman’s adaptation of Anthony Hope’s novel of intrigue, adventure, and mistaken identity

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Arden): An elixir of make-believe

The Arden Theatre Company’s world premiere of THE LIGHT PRINCESS mixes up a elixir of make-believe

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HAND TO GOD (PTC): The human comedy with sock puppets

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

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Theater in Sketch: ANNA (EgoPo)

A loose adaptation by Brenna Geffer and her ensemble based on the novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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Theater in Sketch: THE KING AND I (Academy of Music)

HE KING AND I is set in a time period of colonies and colonials.

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SIDE SHOW (Media Theatre): Coming together on a small stage

SIDE SHOW is a tricky piece, but there was much to savor at Media Theatre’s production

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

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IT’S SO LEARNING (Berserker Residents): Will this be on the test?

The Berserker Residents take us back to school

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AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN (Allens Lane): Our ridiculous grown up world

From the author of such children’s classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends comes a socially insightful series of vignettes

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LOST GIRLS (Theatre Exile): We are all capable of redemption

Yes, that was me sobbing on opening night of LOST GIRLS.

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LEPER + CHIP (Inis Nua): More booze than the Bard

A fast-paced shaggy dog tale of love and revenge, told mostly in dueling monologs of Irish brogue

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WAITING FOR GODOT (Curio): Highlighting the hilarity of Beckett’s classic

Curio’s designers have created a bubble of no time, no place, in which anything or nothing can happen.

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Theater in Sketch: THE ENCHANTED (IRC) and A DOLL’S HOUSE (Swarthmore)

Comparinge the absurdist comedy of Giraudoux with the serious drama of Ibsen.

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THE ENCHANTED (IRC): a great revival speaks to our times

Philly’s favorite absurdist company Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium revives Jean Giraudoux’s THE ENCHANTED.

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JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

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LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Walnut): Funny, morbid, timely, and of a time

Theatergoers who long for the good ol’ days of pre-political correctness will love it. Everyone else, just enjoy the ride.

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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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CONSTELLATIONS (Wilma): Love in the multiverse

“We have all the time we ever had.”

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INFORMED CONSENT (Lantern): A strange kind of ethics

The play has a compelling point to make about the diversity of truth and mutual respect, but in the end, it’s difficult to take the argument seriously.