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By You That Made Me, Frankenstein — Philadelphia Opera Collective

The context in which Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein,” was written is almost as fascinating as the groundbreaking novel itself. Then Mary Godwin, the daughter of two cultural lights of the … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fences — People’s Light & Theatre Company

August Wilson’s finest play, “Fences,” is set in the 1950s, one of the more fertile and groundbreaking decades of American theater. Kamilah Forbes’s production of “Fences” for People’s Light & … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rounding Third — Act II Playhouse

“Rounding Third” is a modest piece with ambitions beyond its reach. It will never be as poignant or commentating as playwright Richard Dresser intends it to be, but  as a … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Antony and Cleopatra — McCarter Theatre

In spite of some judicious editing, and the elision of characters, Emily Mann’s production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” proceeds slowly and cumbersomely at McCarter Theatre. Opulent though the production … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine to Five — Walnut Street Theatre

Sharp characterizations by Dee Hoty, Amy Bodnar, and Amanda Rose join with a fireworks explosion of a performance by Mary Martello to keep the Walnut Street Theatre production of Dolly Parton’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

iHamlet — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Stark clarity is the thing in “iHamlet,” a condensed version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece that excerpts and reorders Hamlet’s speeches with occasional Marcellus and Claudius added for good measure. The Philadelphia … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rhinoceros — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at the Adrienne

A thunderous noise and a cloud of dust causes café lingerers and passersby to stop what they are doing and gape at a rhinoceros charging down the main road of … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Communicating Doors — Hedgerow Theatre

Mystery and time travel supersede comedy in “Communicating Doors,” an absorbing thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, who provides a lot of suspense, several instances of danger, and much to occupy the … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry

Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that entitles Hodge to be … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Souvenir — Montgomery Theater

The souvenir referred to in the title of Stephen Temperley’s affectionate and funny play is a recording by Florence Foster Jenkins, an independently wealthy socialite who became a novelty in … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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