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Detroit — Philadephia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The difference between Gina Gionfriddo, whose “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is searing the stage at the Wilma Theater, and Lisa D’Amour, whose “Detroit” is fouling the boards for Philadelphia Theatre Company, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bad Jews — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When Joshua Harmon depicts “Bad Jews” in his play of that name, he’s not referring so much to the unobservant or irreverent Jew as to the Jew who qualifies as one “bad … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rapture, Blister, Burn — Wilma Theater

So many current playwrights would benefit from taking Gina Gionfriddo as their model. Not only does Gionfriddo deal with interesting themes that provoke thought and display a knowing and sane … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Letters to Zora: In Her Own Words — Crossroads Theatre

During my freshman year of college, I read a Langston Hughes poem, and it acquainted me with the Harlem Renaissance and the work of several writers, including Zora Neale Hurston. … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

As You Like It — Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre’s “As You Like It” has a Maytime playfulness about it that keeps it fresh and sprightly in its several scenes of comparative love, especially those that involve Rosalind … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Barrymore Profile

Excellence should be acknowledged. Award ceremonies and honors are not about competition. They’re about recognition. Every season, dozens of fine performances are seen on Philadelphia stages. Within those dozens, some … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Events — Actors Touring Group at The Annenberg Center

David Grieg takes two dramatic occurrences and examines them from two distinct perspectives in his play, “The Events,” which has some stirring moments and some astute historical and cultural insights … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Night with Lady G. — Irish Heritage Theatre at Plays & Players

Lady Augusta Gregory is as seminal to classic Irish theater as anyone. She is among the artists and patrons who encourages Irish playwrights such as Sean O’Casey and John Millington Synge to … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Little Rock — Passage Theatre at Mill Hill Playhouse

An early scene or two obscures the potency of “Little Rock,” Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj’s poignant play about nine children who volunteer to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School three years … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Intense mystery and low comedy have been combining in Patrick Barlow’s stage version of “The 39 Steps” since Maria Aitken staged John Buchan’s cleverly plotted spy thriller in London in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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