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PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD (Quintessence): Dead dads, tall tales, Irish intrigue

When PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD premiered in Philadelphia in 1912, riots broke out. Quintessence’s skillful production features consistently strong performances that manage to surprise and delight.

FRANKENSTEIN; OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (Quintessence Theatre): It’s Alive!!

Quintessence Theatre dynamically brings to life Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation in a fantastic, eerily staged production

Why Wait? Director Ken Marini talks about Quintessence Theatre’s brilliant WAITING FOR GODOT

Quintessence Theatre’s production of WAITING FOR GODOT just closed. Henrik Eger spoke to the director about his background and his experiences directing Samuel Beckett’s classic.

WAITING FOR GODOT (Quintessence): Really absurd

Quintessence Theatre Group’s WAITING FOR GODOT strikes a balance between humor and pathos, between realism and ridiculousness.

2017 Barrymore Awards nominations

On August 21, Theatre Philadelphia announced nominees for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Established companies led the day.

THE BROKEN HEART (Quintessence): Dark matter

Melancholy John Ford was more ‘himself’ and less ‘Shakespearean’ than other less bold Cavalier dramatists.

Theater in Sketch: MOTHER COURAGE

Some sketches of some Brecht.

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (Quintessence): Epic theater!

Quintessence Theatre brings to life a beautifully staged, truly epic production of Bertolt Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, as brilliantly directed by Alexander Burns.

HANSEL AND GRETEL (Quintessence): Cool contemporary spin on Grimm

You don’t have to be ten years old to thoroughly enjoy this production, you just have to retrace the breadcrumbs and remember how to pretend again.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Quintessence): Swordplay and horseplay combine in a breezy adaptation

As always with an Alexander Burns production, imagery is rife, props are creative, and jokes come as much from sight gags as from dialogue.

ALICE’s ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Quintessence): Mystifying appearances and disappearances, levitations and mysterious goings-on at Mount Airy’s Sedgwick Theater

For the latest installment in their tradition of performing literary family classics for the holidays, Quintessence Theatre Group brings ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its parade of beloved batty characters to Sedgwick Theater.

Carlo Campbell, Ryan Walter (as Audrey), Sean Close (as Touchstone), Lee Cortopassi (as Amiens). (Photo by Shawn May)

AS YOU LIKE IT (Quintessence): Do you not know I am a woman?

Burns and his cast humanize Shakespeare’s characters and provide a smart, jolly time that is tinged with genuine sentiment.

Alexander Burns Quintessence Theatre Philadelphia

Classics Now and Forever: Interview with Quintessence Theatre’s Alexander Burns

Quintessence Theatre Group is wrapping up its inaugural season at the Sedgwick Theater in Mount Airy with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which is running now through May 22nd….