Philadelphia Theatre Company

News and reviews about the Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia theater through the eyes of J. Cooper Robb, Part 2: 2004

Revisiting Philly theater history through the eyes of one of its finest critics.

America the Beautiful, America the Ugly: An open letter to a German visitor

Henrik Eger considers PTC’s Sweat, Walnut’s Holiday Inn, and the state of American culture.

Sweat Philadelphia theater review

SWEAT (PTC): What’s the matter with Reading?

Why does SWEAT appeal to us, as aging urban middle-to-upper-to-upper-upper-class theatergoers? Do we hope to understand? Relate? Gawk? What do we applaud?

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (Ars Nova/PTC): Hmmph

As far as I can tell, this is a satire, although you know you’re on shaky ground when you’re not sure if the play knows it’s a satire.

Right Hand Woman: An interview with Emily Zeck, PTC’s managing director

Emily Zeck brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Philadelphia Theatre Company’s managing director.

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2016-2017 Phindie Critics’ Awards

Philadelphia theater writers choose their favorite plays of the last season.

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (PTC): Just another queer tragedy

If you like your gay stories trite and tragic, this is the play for you.

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How should Philadelphia Theatre Company rebrand itself?

Cameron Kelsall has some ideas for the new executive director.

Philadelphia Theatre Company Hand of God review

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

What a funny, nasty, smart show.

FOUND (PTC): 60-second review

If you’ve ever seen an inscription in a used book and envisioned the person who wrote it, or stumbled upon a note meant for someone else and marveled, FOUND is speaking to you

RIZZO (PTC): A larger-than-life life onstage

An entertaining work about a compelling character, RIZZO displays pitfalls common to biographical drama.

Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

SEX WITH STRANGERS (PTC): Turn the page

Laura Eason’s play raises some interesting questions about love and art, but it is largely uninterested in exploring them.

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): Saving the bell

We get to experience the empty pathos around a building demolition in which the faculty come together ostensibly to mourn their old school but instead wind up mourning the people they once were.

EXIT STRATEGY (PTC): All due respect

Holter’s play calls out and subverts the “inspirational white teacher” motif in popular culture because EXIT STRATEGY avoids the Hollywoodization of the decay of America’s public school system.

K.O. DelMarcelle: Maintaining versatility with an eye on the future

Barrymore Award-nominated actress and choreographer K.O. DelMarcelle talks about her past experiences, current life, and future aspirations.

Reflections on Playwriting: A personal interview with Walt Vail, one of Philadelphia’s most experienced playwrights

Part two of a multi-part interview with one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prolific playwrights.

Sixty Years of Philadelphia Theater: Interview with playwright Walt Vail

Tracing 60 years of theater history in Philadelphia through the eyes of one man.

BASKERVILLE (PTC): The adventure of the omnipresent detective

Ken Ludwig’s idea of turning a Sherlock Holmes story into a comedy isn’t groundbreaking, which means the execution of the idea needs to be really good to stand out

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (PTC): A wacky spoof on a classic novel

An entertaining spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian classic injects humor and surprises into the well-known mystery.