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Two More from ’18 — Next to Normal and Passing Strange

NEXT TO NORMAL, Media Theatre, through February 25 — Krissy Fraelich’s riveting central performance blends with the perfection of Geoffrey Goldberg’s direction to make this production not only powerful and … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Blood Wedding — Wilma Theater

BLOOD WEDDING — Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, in Philadelphia, through November 19 — Dance 10, Lorca 3. If even. Re: Lorca, poor lad. Csaba Horvath’s muscular production of … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Arden Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, in Philadelphia, through Sunday, April 9 — The lunatic, the lover, and the poet all seem to have in hand … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter and the Starcatcher — Walnut Street Theatre

Director Bill Van Horn provides clarity and room for comic ideas to breathe that sets his production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” for a Walnut above any of the previous … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Hard Problem — Wilma Theater

It happened just now. I was playing my twice-a-day online trivia game. I saw the multiple choice answers. I immediately knew which one was right. I saw my 90 percent … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Metamorphoses — Arden Theatre

For all that can be commended in Doug Hara’s production of “Metamorphoses” for Arden Theatre, and there’s plenty, the show ultimately suffers from lack of attention to its most important … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 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

Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq — Wilma Theater

In a folk song from the 1960s, Buffy Sainte Marie writes about “The Universal Soldier,” a man who transcends time, religion, nationality, ideology, and physical features to represent willing warriors … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment
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