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PREVIEW: This Is The Week That Is Laughs at Our Crazy World

Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh. Don’t you know ev’ryone wants to laugh?      Arthur Freed Cry, and you cry alone. Laugh, and you […]

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REVIEW: Arden’s Every Brilliant Thing is a Tour de Force for Scott Greer

Philadelphia audiences cannot get enough of Scott Greer. If you are already familiar, likely you don’t need my review, and you will already have tickets […]

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REVIEW: A Treasurable The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon

Size matters. (But it’s not what you’re thinking.) In the case of The Color Purple, I’ve seen three successive productions. Two were national tours in […]

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REVIEW: At Quintessence, Oliver!, Twisted

Count on Quintessence Theatre Group artistic director Alexander Burns to shake things up. When most of us think of Oliver!, Lionel Bart’s sappy musical adaptation […]

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REVIEW: Marilyn Maye Scores a Home Run at Dino’s Backstage

Growing up in suburban Southern California, my motto might have been “Eastward Ho!” I imagined life there, especially in New York, as so much more […]

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REVIEW: Arden’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 Leaves the Door Ajar

For nearly 150 years, one of theater’s most tantalizing mysteries has been what became of Nora Helmer. At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s […]

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REVIEW: In Salt Pepper Ketchup, A Not So Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Say this, at least, for Salt Pepper Ketchup, on stage now at InterAct Theatre—it surely has immediacy on its side. Josh Wilder’s earnest but uneven […]

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REVIEW: In Wilma’s Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Let There Be Light…Please!

At the Wilma, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play begins in total darkness. Three frantic, antic hours later, I’m still not convinced there’s been much real illumination. I […]

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REVIEW: In Sweat, Reading, Pennsylvania Becomes a Microcosm of America

It was a chilly autumn night outside, but the Suzanne Roberts Theatre basked in a spring-like glow of hopeful renewal. Philadelphia Theatre Company is back, […]

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REVIEW: In Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, the Too-High Cost of Doing Business

I get a special kind of pleasure when a small theater, through dedication and imagination, succeeds with a play that stumps companies with larger resources. […]

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REVIEW: In Detroit ‘67, Home is Where the Heart and Heartbreak Are

The basement recreation room of a Detroit home owned by sister and brother Chelle (Myxolydia Tyler) and Lank (Johnny Ramey) is modest, to say the […]

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REVIEW: In Broken Biscuits at 1812, Too Much Charm Equals Too Little Payoff

As lights go up on a Yorkshire garage shed, Megan, a mouthy, quirkily acerbic teenager, is huddling with Ben and Holly in what she describes […]

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Can a Play Make Sense of Trump Voters?

Reading, that well-past-its-prime town just over an hour northwest of Center City, has probably never struck you as the setting for the next great work […]

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REVIEW: In Monster in the Hall, Things Go Bump in the Light

It begins with a clap of thunder and a plunge into darkness, a traditional theatrical clue that something bad is about to happen. Yet in […]

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REVIEW: In Love Never Dies at the Academy, He’s Baa-aack

The real subject here is Love Never Dies, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush, creepy, spectacular, overwrought, often incomprehensible, and ultimately embarrassingly entertaining follow-up to The Phantom […]