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Theater Review: At EgoPo, The Women Is Served Straight Up with a Twist

A suggestion for those planning to attend EgoPo’s provocative production of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women: If you know the 1939 movie, leave your expectations […]

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Theater Review: Local Girls at Azuka Is an After-School Special with an Edge

Among Philadelphia playwrights, Emma Goidel is a rising rock star. Two months ago, her play, A Knee That Can Bend, premiered by Orbiter 3 (she’s […]

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Opera Review: Capriccio is a Triumph

In the middle of World War II, Richard Strauss premiered his final opera, Capriccio — an elegant “conversation piece,” set in a grand salon outside […]

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Review: Theatre Exile’s Smoke is 50 Shades of Meh

“Will I seem terminally un-hip,” worried the 59-year-old critic, “if I admit I’m not into bondage?” Don’t get me wrong: I’m not offended, but I just […]

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REVIEW: Pippin dazzles at the Academy of Music

In the 1970s, America was introduced to composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz with a one-two punch: Pippin and Godspell. Both shows ambitiously tackled widely different historical subjects […]

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REVIEW: Spine

Don’t be fooled by the genteel sitting room, with its small creature comforts (decorative pillows, crocheted throw, wing chairs). What the young woman standing here […]

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REVIEW: Exit Strategy

What’s a suitable next season for Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, following Murder House, Asylum, etc.? How about American Horror Story: High School? I don’t mean […]

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REVIEW: #therevolution

Location, location, location. This realtor’s mantra is not just for house-hunters — it’s at least as significant for theater companies, for whom space is often a […]

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REVIEW: The It Girl

“We had faces then,” says Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, describing the stars of silent film. They had bodies, too, and some of them — including […]

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REVIEW: Harvey at the Walnut Street Theatre

As a critic, I know I shouldn’t equate one actor with another. It’s simplistic and reductive — artists should be judged on their own merits, and every good […]

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REVIEW: Funnyman at the Arden

What’s the old theater saying — every clown wants to play Hamlet? Or maybe it’s scratch a comic, and you’ll find a sad, angry man. Either […]

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REVIEW: The Piano Lesson

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is part of several larger histories. It’s the fourth installment of Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, a series that chronicles a […]

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REVIEW: A Moon for the Misbegotten

Many people believe Jude is the patron saint of lost causes — for me, it’s Eugene O’Neill. No one wrote more eloquently and compassionately about small […]

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15 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Taste The City Restaurant Week Kicks Off One hundred and twenty of Center City’s finest restaurants are joining forces to fill your stomach for a reasonable […]

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REVIEW: The Hard Problem

In February 2000, director Blanka Zizka mounted Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love at the Wilma Theater in a production that proved to be a […]