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REVIEW: Fun Home at the Arden Theatre Is Family Drama Seen Up Close

I think of Fun Home as The Little Engine That Could musical. Based on a graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the story—about growing up […]

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REVIEW: Inis Nua’s Charolais is a Bovine Comedy

Take it from Siobhan: rural Ireland isn’t all jigs and soda bread. Farm life is alternately dull and strenuous, especially when (like Siobhan) you’re very […]

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REVIEW: Orbiter 3’s A People: Show Far, Show Good

In the beginning, the people shall be greeted by a delightful pair of vaudeville-comedy rabbis, calling the audience to order with a shofar. Well, you […]

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REVIEW: In Turning Off the Morning News, Christopher Durang Returns with a Bang

Welcome back, Christopher Durang! I’ve missed you. Let me clarify. Durang has been far from MIA. Though it’s been six years since his last premiere, […]

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REVIEW: Reliving the ‘60s with Catch-22 at Curio Theatre

For its title alone, Catch-22 is assured immortality. Author Joseph Heller coined the term, defining a situation with mutually contradictory coordinates, from which there is […]

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REVIEW: In Inis Nua’s Our Few and Evil Days, Family History Goes Awry

Don’t be shocked if the first 20 minutes of Our Few and Evil Daysmake you feel as awkward and behind-the-eight-ball as finding yourself at a tense […]

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REVIEW: In 1812 Productions’ Hope and Gravity, Romance has its Ups and Downs

‘Tis the season of Michael Hollinger, Philadelphia playwright extraordinaire, and audiences are clearly in a celebratory mood. So am I, though not without reservations. Sing […]

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REVIEW: Sing the Body Electric at Theatre Exile is a World Lit by Lightning

Veteran travelers know that the final destination isn’t always the high point of a trip—sometimes the act of getting there is more interesting, which isn’t necessarily […]

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REVIEW: A Sparkling and Poignant La Traviata at AVA

Staged opera, intimate venue, promising singers. Through this simple recipe, Academy of Vocal Arts has for decades been satisfying its dual mission. First and foremost, […]

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Six Questions with Daniela Mack, Opera Philadelphia’s Carmen

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, whose schedule takes her all over the United States and around the globe (she was a Cardiff Singer of the World finalist […]

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REVIEW: With Madaket Road, a Long, Intriguing Journey Comes to a Close

And so, the journey ends. In Lydie Breeze—a deeply ambitious trilogy of plays by the formidable John Guare, presented here at EgoPo with palpable love […]

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REVIEW: At Walnut Studio, Andrew Llloyd Webber with Tears but no Chandeliers

In 1979, Andrew Lloyd Webber, King of the Large-Format Musical, went small. The result, in collaboration with lyricist Don Black, is Tell Me on a […]

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REVIEW: In The Wild Duck, Dark Family Secrets with Ironic Humor

Sins of the fathers visited on the sons (and wives, daughters, and everybody else). Dark family secrets, slowly and painfully revealed. Shockingly bad choices leading […]

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REVIEW: Noises Off is a Wild Night in the Theater

From the moment Michael Frayn’s Noises Off premiered nearly four decades ago, it was rapturously anointed the greatest British farce ever written. Time has only […]

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REVIEW: In Frozen — Forgiving the Unforgivable

Twenty years ago, Bryony Lavery’s play, Frozen, premiered in Birmingham, soon moving to London’s Royal National Theatre. Subsequently, it made a significant splash on Broadway […]