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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

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

An Octoroon — Wilma Theater

Beyond being entertaining and thought-provoking, Branden Jabobs-Jenkin’s “An Octoroon” is an experience. An exciting, exhilarating experience that is compounded, with exponential interest, by Joanna Setlle’s variegated, perceptive production, a landmark … Continue reading

March 29, 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

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

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

Hands Up — Flashpoint Theatre at Caplan Studio Theatre

The power of “Hands Up,” a compendium of six monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest and presented by Flashpoint Theatre, is not in the originality or variety of what … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Theatre Exile at Plays & Players

The answer to Edward Albee’s facilely provocative question is: Anyone who isn’t tops at the game being played. At its finest, Albee’s marvelous journey down a realistic rabbit hole, made … Continue reading

May 5, 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

The Whale — Theatre Exile

Charlie has been systematically destroying himself for a decade. That’s how long it’s been since Charlie’s partner, Alan, died, also perhaps of self-neglect, or at least a stoic nod to … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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