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THEATRE REVIEW: In Making History, What Happened Vs. What’s Remembered

Brian Friel, who died in 2015, was for more than 40 years one of our most prolific playwrights; also one of our best. Yet, although […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Gypsy at the Arden—Here She Is, Boys!

Now that’s what I call a hit! Arden Theatre’s Gypsy was extended even before it opened, acknowledging that the combination of one of the greatest […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Absolute Brightness Is Absolutely Terrific

There’s nothing small about James Lecesne’s, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (including the somewhat unwieldy title, hereafter shortened to Brightness), but its wonderfulness comes, […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Buzzer, It’s Location, Location, Location

Location, location, location—it’s America’s real estate mantra. And with it comes the usual advice that the smartest and safest bet for new buyers is to […]

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Q&A with Broadway Legend Chita Rivera

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, Chita Rivera’s appearance at the Merriam Theatre has been cancelled. Two Tony Awards (and eight additional nominations). […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In The Arsonists, Family Life from Fire to Embers

Now that’s what I can an entrance! Actress Sarah Gliko (playing a character called “M”), bursts through the door, disposes of a body in a […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In 1812’s Happy Birthday — Couples, Uncouples, and Doors, Doors, Doors

A few years ago, actress and lifestyle authority Gwyneth Paltrow earnestly discussed marital problems, introducing much of the world to the eyebrow-raising term, “conscious uncoupling.” […]

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OPERA REVIEW: Le Nozze di Figaro — 231 Years Old, and Sassier Than Ever

Some days, I think the Act II finale of Le Nozze di Figaro is not only the greatest 20 minutes of music ever written, but […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Inis Nua’s Swallow, Paths Collide Off the Beaten Track

Inis Nua, one of Philadelphia’s most consistently fine theater companies, defines its mission as presenting contemporary theater from the British Isles. To me, though, their […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Hedwig, Both Lost and Found in Translation

Cut to the chase: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is here at the Forrest for only a few days, it’s a terrific show, and you […]

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THEATER REVIEW: PTC’s Hand to God Proves the Devil is in the Details

The alchemy that makes comedy gold is so fragile that even seasoned veterans can’t always produce it. Of course, a great script is the beginning—but […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Cabaret is Back Again… and Edgier than Ever

Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret is now 50 years old. It’s never been out of the spotlight, but at times of political uncertainty, the show […]

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THEATER REVIEW: EgoPo’s Anna — Tolstoy in a Provocative Frame

Trees, lights, tents, rugs, screens—who could resist the gorgeous decorative excess of EgoPo’s Anna (scenery designed by the multi-talented Aaron Cromie)? Over the next two […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In InterAct’s You for Me for You, the Parallel Risks of Leaving and Staying

If you see You for Me for You at InterAct—and I think you should—I have some advice: don’t try too hard to make all the […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In the Wilma’s Adapt!, Immigration Even Pre-Trump Is No Picnic

A few weeks ago, I saw the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie—a highly unconventional, radically pared-down take on the play—while it was still in previews. […]