Arden Theatre Company

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REVIEW: Arden’s Every Brilliant Thing is a Tour de Force for Scott Greer

Philadelphia audiences cannot get enough of Scott Greer. If you are already familiar, likely you don’t need my review, and you will already have tickets […]

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REVIEW: Arden’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 Leaves the Door Ajar

For nearly 150 years, one of theater’s most tantalizing mysteries has been what became of Nora Helmer. At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s […]

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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: Fun Home at the Arden Theatre Is Family Drama Seen Up Close

I think of Fun Home as The Little Engine That Could musical. Based on a graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the story—about growing up […]

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REVIEW: The Bluest Eye — From Page to Stage, Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The jump from page to the stage sounds so easy, right? So fluid, so natural. Yet Lydia R. Diamond’s conscientious but reductive stage adaptation of […]

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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: Arden’s Peter Pan, Reinvented in an American Campground

Peter Pan is one of the classic books of childhood, its greatness firmly established. You don’t need me to tell you that. But the older […]

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THEATER REVIEW: TouchTones, The Phone Sex Musical—Sorry, Wrong Number

Sometime between the Garden of Eden and Tinder, Grindr, and Ashley Madison, there was good old-fashioned phone sex. A few of us dinosaurs remember fondly […]

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In Arden Theatre’s Cabaret—Garter Belts, Nipples, and Oh, Yes… Nazis

Wilkommen back, Cabaret… though it seems you were only just here. Indeed, it’s been less than six months since the last tour docked briefly at […]

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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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Breaking the Fourth Wall in Stupid F–ing Bird at the Arden

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull becomes Stupid Fucking Bird in Aaron Posner’s award-winning, and very loose, adaptation. The playwright, who co-founded Philly’s Arden Theatre Company, is […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Magic Reigns in The Secret Garden at Arden Theatre

Why did it take me so long to see The Secret Garden, I wonder? Maybe I resisted because the source material is a children’s book […]

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REVIEW: Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

Luckily for audiences at the Arden, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, the world-premier production playing at the Old City theater, does something that many children’s theater […]

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Arden’s New Cabaret Series Kicks Off With Jeff Coon

I love a loud, splashy musical as much as anybody – but I really lost my heart to the cabaret. It, too, is a theater […]

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House of Cards Writer Adapts Winter Classic for Arden Children’s Theater

The Arden’s production of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates hopes to cast a spell on its young theatergoers and transport families from the theater […]