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THEATER: The Color Purple Makes a Joyful Noise at the Forrest Theatre

“Make a joyful noise / A joyful noise! / Unto the Lord!” So begins The Color Purple, with a clarion call from this exceptionally gifted […]

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REVIEW: In The Brownings, A Pair of Great Romantic Poets Work Blue

Some famous pictures capture the great actress Katharine Cornell as Elizabeth Barrett Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Rudolf Besier’s sentimental comedy, a Broadway […]

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Q&A with 11th Hour Theatre’s Michael O’Brien

Last month, 11th Hour Theatre Company scored big at Philadelphia’s Barrymores, taking the award in five categories, including Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Direction […]

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Review: Eugene Onegin, Seen Through a Snowglobe

It’s always a treat to see Tchaikovsky’s magnificent opera setting of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, and here we have the additional plus of an intimate venue. […]

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REVIEW: By the Bog of Cats—Medea, We Hardly Know Ye

When first we see Hester Swayne, played by the wonderful Kirsten Quinn in Irish Heritage Theatre’s By the Bog of Cats, she’s entwined with a […]

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REVIEW: Making Your Family into Art in Azuka’s The Gap

Have you ever taken a trip where the journey seemed to promise one kind of experience, but the destination was quite different? That’s how I […]

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REVIEW: The Wilma’s Blood Wedding Is A Marriage of Compromises

Before getting into the thicket that is the Wilma’s spectacularly beautiful, dramatically frustrating Blood Wedding, I should fess up—I’m not convinced that Garcia Lorca’s plays […]

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REVIEW: In InterAct’s Broken Stones, A Political Tale Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

Sinister political thriller? Caper comedy? Morality play? Surreal fantasia? Try as I did to focus on the odd and occasionally intriguing narrative arc of Broken […]

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THEATER REVIEW: TouchTones, The Phone Sex Musical—Sorry, Wrong Number

Sometime between the Garden of Eden and Tinder, Grindr, and Ashley Madison, there was good old-fashioned phone sex. A few of us dinosaurs remember fondly […]

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In Theatre Exile’s Ideation, Consultants Pitching for their Lives

Moving is a traumatic experience, but it can bring a positive outcome. Theatre Exile, whose home theater will soon be rebuilt from scratch, is temporarily […]

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James Ijames: Breakout Bard

James Ijames (pronounced “like ‘times’ without the ‘t’”) is one of Philly’s most prominent theater people. As an actor, he’s given memorable performances in Angels in […]

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In The Swallowing Dark at Inis Nua, Action is Subjugated to Storytelling

There’s a lighter, cigarettes, and even a small on-stage fire in The Swallowing Dark at Inis Nua. Yet I’m afraid the metaphor that kept coming […]

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In Carousel at Media, Life Lived Fully in a One-Horse Town

As you enter the theatre and hear the distant strains of a calliope, take a look at the stage. What you’ll see there, in Matthew […]

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In Arden Theatre’s Cabaret—Garter Belts, Nipples, and Oh, Yes… Nazis

Wilkommen back, Cabaret… though it seems you were only just here. Indeed, it’s been less than six months since the last tour docked briefly at […]

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O Festival Diary—Day V: The Wake World Is O17’s Glamorous Swan Song

Between September 14th and 25th, Opera Philadelphia will boldly go where few, if any, companies have gone before—a festival that brings seven events covering the […]