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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

Hand to God, You For Me For You

     Something I wrote in April and never published. God knows why. HAND TO GOD — Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, through … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Legend of Georgia McBride — Arden Theatre (And Other Stuff)

Before making this current doomed-to-fail attempt to cover multiple productions in pithy quick takes, I need to say something about the superb acting local audiences have been treated to show … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Smoke — Theatre Exile at Studio X

Julie, age 20, may be joking, or not, when she says she took a class in S&M (Sadomasochism) 101, but this ingénue has a decided taste for danger. Or at … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

2015 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — THE RECIPIENTS

Theatergoing is a pleasant and relatively safe gamble. You never know when you’re going to see a special production or performance that is extraordinary beyond expectation. I didn’t know the … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Quickies: Hans Brinker, Wonderful Life, This is the Week That Is

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, through January 31 — I read at the age of two and, like most children, was attracted … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hairy Ape — EgoPo Classic Theater at The Latvian Society

Fueled by an extraordinary performance by Matteo Scammell as Yank, Brenna Geffers’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” for EgoPo is a magnificent example of how expressionistic stylization can … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Detroit — Philadephia Theatre Company at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The difference between Gina Gionfriddo, whose “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is searing the stage at the Wilma Theater, and Lisa D’Amour, whose “Detroit” is fouling the boards for Philadelphia Theatre Company, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Other Desert Cities — Walnut Street Theatre

 Elephants of several sizes lurk around the handsome, perfectly appointed living room Todd Edward Ivins designed for the Walnut Street Theatre’s equally stylish production of Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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