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THEATER REVIEW: Living In My Body, With All It Entails

I usually look forward to my theater evenings, but the night after the election, not so much.  Yet, if in that moment, I attended In […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Too Many Cooks in EgoPo’s Delirium

To open their Russian Masters Festival season, EgoPo is mounting an adaption by Irish playwright Enda Walsh of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  Full disclosure: I […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Guards at the Taj, A View from Downstairs

As any Downton Abbey fan will tell you — if you want to know the real story, ask the help. The folks downstairs always have […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Radiant Vermin, Home Improvement is a Nightmare

The fertile imagination of Inis Nua’s artistic director Tom Reing has taken us to many strange places and, in the process, made his theater company […]

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THEATER REVIEW: The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Arden is Drag 101

Can an edgy, cult art form be reimagined for mainstream audiences? Should it be? I pondered this while watching The Legend of Georgia McBride, Matthew Lopez’s middle-of-the-road comedy […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Water, Water, Everywhere in When the Rain Stops Falling

It’s coming down in buckets at the Wilma Theater. The onstage downpour that begins and intermittently continues through Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling is […]

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Drag Queens Take Center Stage at the Arden in The Legend of Georgia McBride

Unless you’re immersed in the Philly theater scene, you probably know Dito van Reigersberg only as Martha Graham Cracker, a hirsute drag queen with an […]

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Arts List: 6 Reasons to Go to the Theater

The Plough and the Stars @ Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre | October 13-16 Abbey Theatre’s revival of The Plough and the Stars, set during Ireland’s […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Grounded, the Gulf Between Earth and Stars

The blue sky – its vastness and freedom – first enthralls the Pilot in Grounded.  But as the title suggests, the downward pull of earthly responsibilities […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Sight and Insight in Molly Sweeney

Though Brian Friel’s lyrical play Molly Sweeney might be categorized as a medical case study, it begins in a garden.  Molly, a lovely woman around 40, is […]

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iStand is a Personal Take on Civil Struggle

The Black Lives Matter movement hit home for choreographer Lauren Putty White last year when Freddie Gray died in police custody in Baltimore. The UArts […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Stupid F-ing Bird — Dumb Title, Fine Play

When I first saw the uncensored title — Stupid Fucking Bird — I winced. Not because I don’t swear (I do, often), but because it […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Hip-Hop and Youthful Hope in How We Got On

We hear a lot about the graying of audiences for live theater and concerts — that the average age keeps going up.  If it’s true, […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Turandot — A Wild, Multicultural Ride

Opera Philadelphia’s opening week is globe-trotting and time-traveling.  Breaking the Waves, their world-premiere production, takes place in a grim Scottish town in the 1970s. Verdi’s […]

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OPERA REVIEW: A Compelling, Disturbing Breaking the Waves

It’s a week that effectively demonstrates Opera Philadelphia’s growing presence and ambitions.  There’s a gala opening in grandly traditional style — Puccini’s Turandot, at their […]