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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 […]

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PREVIEW: At EgoPo Classic Theater, Two Worlds Meet in Desire Under the Elms

Even by EgoPo Classic Theater’s bold standards, what they’re about to do is out of the box. To begin a season devoted to “Theater of […]

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REVIEW: An Abundance of Riches in Arden Theatre’s Once

“You only live once… but if you do it right, once is enough.” Thus spake Mae West, who was of course really talking about sex. […]

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REVIEW: 4Solo at Simpatico—Original Works, Brimming with Originality

Simpatico Theatre partners with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for their season’s opening venture. 4Solo turns out to be the perfect crossover, combining the company’s usual virtues—supporting […]

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REVIEW: McCarter’s The Age of Innocence Suffers from an Abundance of Good Taste.

A bell-jar of gentility descends early in the sumptuous adaptation of Edith Wharton’s TheAge of Innocence onstage at McCarter Theatre Center, and for the next 100 […]

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REVIEW: Espionage Meets Physics in Lantern Theater’s Hapgood, But No Sparks Fly

Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood is seldom produced, but I have seen it once before—nearly 30 years ago in Los Angeles. Alas, I have only the dimmest […]

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REVIEW: In Kill Move Paradise, We Shall Be Moved

Last year at this time, the Wilma Theater played host to the O-Festival’s premiere production of We Shall Not Be Moved, a profound meditation on […]

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REVIEW: In Mary Rose, J. M. Barrie in a Different and Haunting Neverland

It speaks to the breadth of Philadelphia Fringe 2018 that in the days following the Bearded Ladies’ evening of outré cabaret, I saw two more […]

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REVIEW: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is a Brilliant Cabinet of Curiosities

The moment Tina Brock arrives on stage in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, the world—to quote another play by Tennessee Williams—is lit by lightning. Brock […]