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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

Bad Jews — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

When Joshua Harmon depicts “Bad Jews” in his play of that name, he’s not referring so much to the unobservant or irreverent Jew as to the Jew who qualifies as one “bad … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rapture, Blister, Burn — Wilma Theater

So many current playwrights would benefit from taking Gina Gionfriddo as their model. Not only does Gionfriddo deal with interesting themes that provoke thought and display a knowing and sane … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

As You Like It — Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre’s “As You Like It” has a Maytime playfulness about it that keeps it fresh and sprightly in its several scenes of comparative love, especially those that involve Rosalind … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Barrymore Profile

Excellence should be acknowledged. Award ceremonies and honors are not about competition. They’re about recognition. Every season, dozens of fine performances are seen on Philadelphia stages. Within those dozens, some … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Night with Lady G. — Irish Heritage Theatre at Plays & Players

Lady Augusta Gregory is as seminal to classic Irish theater as anyone. She is among the artists and patrons who encourages Irish playwrights such as Sean O’Casey and John Millington Synge to … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Temple Theaters at the Adrienne

I know Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. is an effective actor because his  portrayal of Kev, a jumpy, quick reacting soldier in Rajiv Joseph’s play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” … Continue reading

September 23, 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

The Book of Mormon — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

The prevailing impression might be that “The Book of Mormon,” the 2011 Tony-winning musical by “South Park” scamps Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is savagely irreverent and pierces religion and … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Evita — National Tour — Academy of Music

Michael Grandage’s production of “Evita,” touring the United States after runs in London and New York, is a pageant-like affair that successfully meets the challenge of staging a work that … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

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