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REVIEW: Love, Lies and Taxidermy at Inis Nua is a Rom-Com for Today

Love, Lies and Taxidermy, Alan Harris’s 90-minute rollercoaster of play, arrives at Inis Nua after director Tom Reing saw a production at the Edinburgh Fringe. […]

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REVIEW: Time Remembered Is an Elegant French Feast

Style. I sometimes think it’s the rarest element in the theater, and the most precious.  Fortunately for Philadelphia, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC from here on, […]

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REVIEW: In Waitress, Lots of Sugar and Lard, Not Much Filling

I’ve seen Sweeney Todd, read Mildred Pierce, and eaten at Magpie, so believe me when I tell you that I know the transformative power of […]

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REVIEW: In Opera Philadelphia’s Written on Skin, Music and Theater Triumph

Prima la musica—dopo le parole: first the music, then the words. This famous operatic admonition is good advice for considering Written on Skin. Seen here, […]

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Review: Waiting for Godot at Quintessence Melds Humor and Humanity

Is it the exceptional imagination of this production, or the scary instability of our current world? Probably both. The upshot is that Waiting for Godot, […]

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REVIEW: In EgoPo’s Lydie Breeze, the Ghost of Utopia

“I love Walt Whitman!,” exclaims Lydie, midway through John Guare’s hugely ambitious, sometimes thrilling, occasionally confounding Cold Harbor, the first of a trilogy of plays […]

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REVIEW: In Really at Theatre Exile, a Fugue State without a Fugue

15 minutes into Jackie Sibblies Drury’s opaque play Really—as seen in an even more obfuscatory production at Theatre Exile—I was reaching for a metaphor. Was […]

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REVIEW: In Sensitive Guys at InterAct, Satire with a Heavy Hand

The deliberately open-ended title, Sensitive Guys, doesn’t tell you much. But two comments about MJ Kaufman’s play, now at InterAct, reveal more about this well-produced […]

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REVIEW: Das Rheingold at AVA Mines 14-Karat Vocalism

In theory, it seemed a curious concept, to say the least—Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Academy of Vocal Arts, accompanied by piano. Few opera scores […]

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REVIEW: In The Humans, Things That Go Bump in the Night

What is the distance between Scranton, PA and Manhattan? Google Maps tells us it’s 123 miles (around 2 hours 15 minutes with light traffic). But […]

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REVIEW: Stones in his Pockets Skims Elegantly Over the Surface

Marie Jones’ Stones in His Pockets was a genuine international hit when it was first produced two decades ago in Ireland, London, and on Broadway. […]

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REVIEW: In Copenhagen, Playwright Michael Frayn on a Fission Expedition

Your critic wishes you to know that he wore exactly the right thing to Copenhagen—many shades of gray. Not that Michael Frayn’s acclaimed play, mostly […]

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REVIEW: In Arden Theatre’s A Doll’s House, the Original Fjord Maverick

Meet Nora Helmer, the original fjord maverick. Tonight, she learns a life-altering truth: Any woman who depends on a man—to take the high road, to […]

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REVIEW: Around the World with Stew in Passing Strange

Old and new shake hands in the Wilma’s snazzy, exceptionally well-performed Passing Strange. The Broadway cult-hit, receiving a major revival here ten years later, still […]

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A Doll’s House in a #MeToo World

Matt Lauer. Harvey Weinstein. Charlie Rose. I could go on. High-profile men are feeling the wrath of the women they’ve wielded their power over, making […]