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Blood Wedding — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Mandell

Everything about Matthew Campbell’s set for Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s “Blood Wedding” suggests arid languor. Though the stucco arches that stand for houses, plazas, and towns are often lit by Dominic … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red Speedo — Theatre Exile

Stupidity threatens to take a severe toll on three lives as playwright Lucas Hnath demonstrates that ignorance does not lead to bliss in his funny, sidewinding tale, “Red Speedo,” given … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Hedgerow Theatre

Jared Reed has a way of reading soliloquies that brings you immediately into Hamlet’s thought processes. Reed, playing the role at Hedgerow Theatre, is a Hamlet you could never construe … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Equivocation — ActorsNET at Heritage Center Theatre

Shakespeare is given a daunting assignment in Bill Cain’s sprawlingly engrossing play, “Equivocation.” He, by order of Sir Robert Cecil, who speaks for the British monarch, James I, is told … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Quills — Luna Theater

Words are often considered equivalent to sticks and stones in the minds of people who shrivel from other people’s thoughts or to the powerful or sensitive who would rather impose … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Aaron Cromie specializes in giving plays kinetic motion. His productions always brim with life and, when possible, are set in an alternative time and place them offsets themes and often … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Syringa Tree — Theatre Horizon

In the yard of the gated Johannesburg property in which Elizabeth spends her childhood, the syringa tree, a South African variant of an orange tree, provides shade, something to climb, … Continue reading

November 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Caught — InterAct Theatre

“Caught” is Christopher Chen’s exercise in theatrical trompe l’oeil. Nothing is what it appears to be, and that’s the point. Chen, in “Caught,” at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre, captures the storyteller’s … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Great Expectations — Arden Theatre

The “story theater” approach Gale Childs Daly employs is effective in bringing Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations” to life on the stage at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. Director Matthew Decker is adept … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Asking For It — Simpatico Theatre at Adrienne Skybox

Adrienne Truscott is one shrewd lady. She subtitles her show as “a rape about comedy starring her pussy and little else.” She is true to her advertising. Truscott comes on … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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