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An Enemy of the People — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Consider all of the issues Henrik Ibsen broaches in “An Enemy of the People,” and you might think he was writing in the 21st century rather than in 1882. Parallels … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Mile Lake — McCarter Theatre

Few playwrights, new or established, hold a mirror up to nature, as efficiently and compactly as Rachel Bonds. Bonds is particularly adept at capturing human nature and its quiet, engulfing … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) — Philadelphia Theatre Co. at Suzanne Roberts

Before launching into a generally favorable review of Kimber Lee’s sensitive and moving play, “Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray),” I need to admit a pet peeve and explain the law … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speech & Debate — Azuka Theatre at Theatre X

Shades of Howard Wolowitz! Each of the teenagers depicted in Stephen Karam’s comedy, “Speech & Debate” is admonished by an off-stage parent, usually pleading with the adolescent to turn down … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Biloxi Blues — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Finding the difference between stereotype and human behavior and reactions that fit a familiar mold catapults Samantha Bellomo’s production of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” from being an amiable service comedy … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Love a Piano — Walnut Independence Theatre on 3

In my sophomore year of high school, when all classes were mixed in one giant gym class, I was brought out to the blacktop with juniors, seniors, and my 10th … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Breaking the Code — Allens Lane Theater

Before the 2014 movie, “The imitation Game” popularized Alan Turing’s story as a World War II hero, one responsible for saving many of our lives, who is prosecuted by archaic … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

To the Moon — 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Interweaving biography, especially of someone who has an indelible image and millions of extant fans, with a fictional work that borrows from the famous person’s oeuvre but is unique enough … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Color, strings, sparkling light, balloons, and evocative shadows introduce Carmen Khan’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Khan’s approach to the classic is reminiscent of … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

In the Blood — Theatre Horizon

Between playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, all of the power, grit, and exposure of hypocrisy inherent in Parks’s “In the Blood” comes roiling to the surface where reality … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

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