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REVIEW: Equivocation at Arden Theatre Company

The deeply satirical, deeply dark, and deeply humorous Equivocation opened this Wednesday evening at the Arden’s Arcadia Stage, and the Bill Cain play is so good […]

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REVIEW: Bullets Over Broadway at Academy of Music

Olive, a stripper who wants to be a serious actress, says this of her previous stage experience in the musical Bullets Over Broadway: “I call it interpretive […]

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REVIEW: Theatre Exile’s Rizzo

A special theatrical alchemy happens when a great actor plays a bigger-than-life, flawed but charismatic personality. Think of Orson Welles’s Charles Foster Kane, Burt Lancaster’s […]

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REVIEW: Wilma Theater’s Antigone

When I was a theater student, I was fascinated by stories of the Greek tragedies in their earliest performances — multi-day outdoor festivals, attended by […]

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Lion King Reminds Us We Need More Quality Children’s Theater In Philly

On Thursday night, I walked into the Lion King at the Academy of Music with my wife and two children (ages seven and nine) after […]

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Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq Sheds New Light on Buried Stories

Don Juan is not in hell; he’s in purgatory. Well, he’s in Philadelphia, but it sure is infernal. The Wilma Theater’s latest, Don Juan Comes Home […]

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“Rocky Is a Broadway Knockout”: The Rocky Broadway Musical Reviews Are In

The Rocky Broadway musical opened on Thursday night, and the reviews are in. I saw the very first preview of the show back in February, […]

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Rocky Broadway Review: Rocky Wins

On Thursday, February 13th, the new musical version of Rocky premiered on Broadway in New York City, and some 1,500 effusively enthused Rocky fans–including Sylvester […]

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THEATER REVIEWS: City Paper On Arden, InterAct and Walnut Street Theatre’s Latest

In its latest issue, City Paper reviews three shows playing in Philly right now. David Anthony Fox on Arden Theatre Company’s Water by the Spoonful: Water is […]

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FringeArts Review: Azuka Theatre’s Dutch Masters

Ah, 1992. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Everyone who was anyone was down with O.P.P. (best), George H.W. […]

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FringeArts Review: Gunnar Montana’s Basement

No one is safe in FringeArts performer Gunnar Montana’s Basement.

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FringeArts Review: Saint Joan, Betrayed Is Everything the Fringe Should Be

Last Friday night was a long one. I started out with The Renegade Company’s Bathtub Moby-Dick in Point Breeze at 6 p.m. before checking out […]

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FringeArts Review: EgoPo’s A Doll’s House

Oh dear… Oh dear… Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. It’s all I could think to myself on Friday night as I was walking out […]

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FringeArts Review: The Renegade Company’s Bathtub Moby-Dick

On Friday night — the first official day of the FringeArts festival — I made it to three shows. The first one of the night […]

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FringeArts Review: Dragon Eye’s A Mystery? at Smith Playhouse

On Saturday morning, I took my two kids — ages 6 and 7 — to see Dragon Eye Theatre’s FringeArts production A Mystery? at East […]