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A Philly Theater Makes Breakthrough Pledge to Showcase Women Playwrights

On stage through April 14th at the Philadelphia Theatre Company is How to Catch Creation, a production written by Christina Anderson that follows the professional […]

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REVIEW: In Sweat, Reading, Pennsylvania Becomes a Microcosm of America

It was a chilly autumn night outside, but the Suzanne Roberts Theatre basked in a spring-like glow of hopeful renewal. Philadelphia Theatre Company is back, […]

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Can a Play Make Sense of Trump Voters?

Reading, that well-past-its-prime town just over an hour northwest of Center City, has probably never struck you as the setting for the next great work […]

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REVIEW: In Small Mouth Sounds, Six Characters in Search of… Shhhhhh!

Two observations, both of which will tie into Small Mouth Sounds, Bess Wohl’s ingenious but frustrating play, now on stage at the Philadelphia Theater Company. […]

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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: 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: In Having Our Say, Folk Wisdom Dispensed with a Hallmark Twinkle

Sadie and Bessie Delany lived to be 109 and 104 respectively. In itself, that’s a considerable achievement—yet it’s only the beginning for these accomplished (and, […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Finding My Way Through Found

Critics are rarely short of opinions, but that doesn’t mean we can always make a clear recommendation.  With Found, some aspects of this show were very […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Hillary and Clinton Is Them But Not Them

By the way, in case you hadn’t heard — Hillary is black. I just thought you should know. No, this isn’t some hysterical right-wing conspiracy […]

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Theater Review: In Sex with Strangers at PTC, Lust and Literature Are Odd Bedfellows

One look at the Philadelphia Theatre Company stage set — a handsomely appointed lodge, complete with a roaring fire on a snowy winter night — and […]

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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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The Brothers’ Network Wants to Change the Way You See Black Men

To understand why the Brothers’ Network exists, it might help to share the tale of an experience its founder and creative director, Gregory Walker, had at […]

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Bill Irwin on That Time He Met His Idol Samuel Beckett

The first time I saw Bill Irwin perform Fool Moon in the 1990s on Broadway, with his co-conspirator and fellow clown David Shiner, my cheeks […]

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REVIEW: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s dazzling production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville comes to us as part of a trifecta – Princeton’s McCarter Theatre and Washington’s Arena Stage […]

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REVIEW: Disgraced at Philadelphia Theatre Company

There’s one word that I can use to describe the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of the Pulitzer-winning drama Disgraced: polarizing. And if I wanted to add […]