There are many good comedies out there, but not many where the weight of tragedy crests and wanes beneath the laughter.View More HOPE AND GRAVITY (1812 Productions): “Even the lightest things come crashing back down to earth.”
Thom Nickels asks why the same people always get satirized.View More THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812 Productions): New year same targets
Shakespeare made simple, and simply fun.View More A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Arden): Take pains, be perfect
Ho boy, it’s been quite the election cycle. Thankfully, Philadelphia has 1812 Productions to ease the pain with its annual satirical show.View More THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS: THE ELECTION SPECIAL (1812 Productions): Yuugely funny
The emphasis is on the physical comedy in David Stradley’s productionView More THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Del Shakes): 60-second review
A remarkably original and gloriously entertaining version of the Marlowe play.View More DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Quintessence): If you want to know everything, go to hell
George Bernard Shaw’s play is presented in rich tonalities of color, light, positioning, and sound. It is wide awake.View More SAINT JOAN (Quintessence): The Maid’s new clothes
This year’s installment of the annual politically-incorrect political comedy skewers the presidential candidates and brings some welcome laughs to a troubled weekView More THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS (1812): The tenth anniversary of an annual favorite
What could be so funny in a play written nearly 500 years ago? There is something for everyone to either laugh or balk at in this bawdy production of a play by Machiavelli.View More THE MANDRAKE (Quintessence): A Machiavellian sex satire
In the eyes of director Alexander Burns this doomed romance never stood a chance.View More ROMEO AND JULIET (Quintessence): What fray was here?
Novels and cocktails are two of the best things in life. STORIES AND SPIRITS combines them in a one-off evening of drinks and performances.View More Renegade’s STORIES AND SPIRITS settles down with a drink and a good book
As always with an Alexander Burns production, imagery is rife, props are creative, and jokes come as much from sight gags as from dialogue.View More THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Quintessence): Swordplay and horseplay combine in a breezy adaptation
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.View More ALICE’s ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Quintessence): Mystifying appearances and disappearances, levitations and mysterious goings-on at Mount Airy’s Sedgwick Theater
RICHARD II is a richly rewarding play, full of insightful and startling verse, but you might want to read a synopsis before seeing this production.View More Richard II (Quintessence): Let us sit on the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings
Burns and his cast humanize Shakespeare’s characters and provide a smart, jolly time that is tinged with genuine sentiment.View More AS YOU LIKE IT (Quintessence): Do you not know I am a woman?
MACBETH is a violent play, a feature emphasized by the contemporary military garb and extended fight choreography in the worthwhile production by Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company.…View More MACBETH (Commonwealth): 60-second review
I hope one day to see (and understand) a Moliere play in the original French, though as I’m not doing anything about that desire except…View More THE MISANTHROPE (Quintessence): What’s not to like?
If your favorite part of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was the creepy boat ride or if you even remember that scene with a tingle of…View More Paradise Park (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy): Men in Dresses