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Passion — Arden Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Passion,” comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, driven to a range of emotions, most of them negative, by the unwanted, unencouraged love he’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Under the Skin — Arden Theatre

Lou Ziegler needs a kidney transplant. He’s on dialysis but the more threatening problem is the shunt, or portal, in his chest, by which Lou is cleansed, gets continually infected … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 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

La Bête — Arden Theatre

All begins well with Emmanuelle Delpech’s production of “La Bête” at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. That is if you don’t count the gratuitously bizarre antics of Amanda Schoonover as Dorine, the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Incorruptible — Arden Theatre Company

Religion was heady business in 1250. Even more than it is today. Competition was particularly rife for relics, skeletons and even digits of saints that could draw pilgrims who would … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Three Sisters — Arden Theatre

Initial signs of the Arden production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” are ominous. You enter the theater, and the first thing you see is a replica of a rehearsal hall, a … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Water by the Spoonful — Arden Theatre

 “Water by the Spoonful” is the middle play of a trilogy in which Quiara Alegría Hudes chronicles the life of Elliot Ortiz, a puertoriquen͂o with great teeth and a leg … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

News from the Avenue — Latin Flavor Prevalent in January

ARDEN CASTS HUDES PLAY        The second installment of Central High graduate Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, “Water by the Spoonful”  runs from January 16 to March 16 at … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stick Fly — Arden Theatre

   In the course of her script for “Stick Fly,” currently at the Arden Theatre, Lydia R. Diamond has one of her characters praise the novelist to whom she’s engaged … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

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