Archive Reviews 2017

Please note: due to space limitations, we will no longer be keeping our entire review archive online. Soon, only shows produced within the last few months will be available here.

Review: Revelations Come to Light in ‘The Crusade of Conner Stephens’ at Jerry Orbach Theater

Julie Campbell, Jacques Mitchell in “The Crusade of Conner Stephens” at Jerry Orbach Theater. Photo by Russ Rowland Review by ...
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Review: Candlelight’s ‘Barefoot’ comically chronicles the ups and downs of newlyweds

By Christina Perryman Do you remember that first married feeling? The thrill and excitement of your first apartment? Maybe your ...
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Review: Daring new work by Jaime Lozano pays moving tribute to women

‘A Never Ending Line’ at The Players Theatre in Greenwich Village. by J.S. Alleva Seeing new theatrical work is both ...
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Review: Gold ‘n entertainment to be found at Hedgerow Theatre’s ‘Storyboard: Treasure Island’

By Lisa Panzer “Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!!” from Robert Louis Stevenson’s sea shanty, ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ ...
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Review: The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium brings a Bald Soprano to Bethany Mission Gallery for Philly Fringe 2017

John Zak, Sonja Robson, Tomas Dura, Bob Schmidt, Tina Brock, Arlen HancockPhoto By Johanna Austin @ AustinArt.org By Margaret Darby ...
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Review: Forge Theatre’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Is One Bawdy Blast

By J.S. Alleva Every so often a show comes along that reaches out and pulls its audience, unexpectedly, into a ...
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Review: ‘A House With No Walls’ Offers Many Views at Old Academy Players

A scene from ‘A House With No Walls’ at Old Academy Players. Photo by Jim Pifer. By Lisa Panzer Inspired ...
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Review: The Lantern Theater takes the ‘Red Velvet’ cover off the history of Ira Aldridge

The cast of “Red Velvet” at the Lantern Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin By Margaret Darby Lolita Chakrabarti’s play, Red ...
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Review: Spotlight presents a heartfelt revival of ‘Steel Magnolias’

By Margie Royal Spotlight Theatre is presenting an engaging revival of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” through Sept. 30. I first ...
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Review: Watch Out for ‘1984’ at The Barnstormers Theatre

By Lisa Panzer “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell, ...
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Review: Gospel Truth— ‘Godspell’ at Villanova

By Ellen Wilson Dilks Villanova Theatre starts their 2017—2018 season with a rousing production of Godspell, the 1970 musical depicting ...
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Review: Media’s ‘Carousel’ is visually stunning

By Christina Perryman Media Theatre is currently staging Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic musical, “Carousel,” with a top notch cast, stellar set and high ...
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Review: People’s Light presents ‘Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole’

Fear the Walking Dead star and Philadelphia native Colman Domingo partners with nationally-acclaimed theatre-maker Patricia McGregor to co-author Lights Out: ...
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Review: Hedgerow ensemble captures the ghostly elegance and fun of ‘Blithe Spirit’

Penelope Reed and Stacy Skinner in “Blithe Spirit” at Hedgerow Theatre. Photo by Ashley LaBonde By Margie Royal Noel Coward’s ...
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Review: Dramateurs’ ‘Foreigner’ is a Farce with a Dark Side

A scene from Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner”. Photo by Gabrielle Cherelli by J.S. Alleva American playwright Larry Shue, who wrote ...
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Review: Bloodts and Guffaws – ‘Evil Dead: The Musica, Gul’, Live at The Barnstormers Theater

By Lisa Panzer Barnstormers gets the blood pumping during their dead on staging of the outrageously hysterical musical version of ...
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Review: PCS’s ‘Other Desert Cities’ explores complex familial relationships

By Christina Perryman Families can be complex. Even families that display the most love can be sometimes rough or even ...
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Review: Thought-provoking ‘Lights Out’ Sizzles At People’s Lights

Gisela Adisa and Dulé Hill in “Lights Out” at People’s Light. Photo by Mark Garvin By Ellen Wilson Dilks Season ...
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Review: ‘TouchTones’ at the Arden – love at first ‘b-rrring’

By Margaret Darby Emmanuelle Delpech’s direction of TouchTones showed sensitivity to timing and staging that created a perfect framework for ...
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Review: ‘Broken Stones’ – a world premiere at Interact Theatre raises more questions than answers

By Margaret Darby Fin Kennedy based his play, Broken Stones, on the story of the plundering of the Iraq Museum ...
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Review: The Irish Heritage Theatre starts their Women of Ireland season with Marina Carr’s ‘By the Bog of Cats’

Arlen Hancock as Carthage Kilbride and Kirsten Quinn as Hester Swane in “By the Bog of Cats”. Photo byCarlos Forbes ...
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Review: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play’ delivers a tuneful dose of Christmas nostalgia

Cast of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at Walnut Street Theatre. Photo by Mark Garvin. By Amy ...
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Review: Villanova unveils well thought out ‘Intimate Apparel’

Sisi Wright in “Intimate Apparel” at Villanova Theatre. Photo by Paola Nogueras By Ellen Wilson Dilks For their second production ...
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Review: ‘A Great Wilderness’ gets a fine Delco premiere production on PCS’ Second Stage

Oliver Feaster and George Mulford turn in strong, riveting performances  in the Delaware County premiere of “A Great Wilderness” at ...
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Review: Magical ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at Media Theatre

By Edna Snidebottom On Friday night, there was a line out the door of the Media Theatre as patrons anxiously ...
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Review: People’s Light keeps its holiday Panto fresh and fun with a fast-paced romp inspired by the timeless tale of ‘Aladdin’

Camilo Estrada as Aladdin holds the magic lamp while Susan McKey as the Nurse and, Tom Teti as the Genius ...
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Review: Dark Comedy, ‘Crimes of the Heart’ Shines in Curio Theatre’s Revival

Rachel Gluck and Tessa Kuhn in “Crimes of the Heart” at Curio Theatre. Photo by Rebecca Gudelanas. By Ellen Wilson ...
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Review: Hedgerow infuses its annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ with fresh dose of magic

Owen Corey as Fred and Lisa Villamil as Fred’s wife and Zoran Kovcic as Scrooge in a scene from Hedgerow ...
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Review:’ ‘The Miser’ – Not your Granddad’s Moliere

Lenny Grossman as The Miser at Stagecrafters. Photo by Sara Stewart By Gwen Armstrong Barker Forget everything you learned about ...
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Review: Player’s Club’s ‘Little Mermaid’ is fun for the whole family

The cast of “The Little Mermaid” at the Players Club of Swarthmore By Christina Perryman Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in ...
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Review: Footlighters’ ‘Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge’ Adds Surprising Twist to Holiday Classic

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at Footlighters Theatre. by J.S. Alleva The name “Scrooge” from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ...
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Review: Spotlight’s ‘Inspecting Carol’ – a backstage farce for the holiday season

Scrooge’s tombstone causes Larry Vauxnill ( T.J. Deluca) alot iof anguish in “Inspecting Carol” at Spotlight Theatre. By Margie Royal ...
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Review: Steel River’s ‘A Christmas Carol, The Musical’ Showcases Stellar Singing

Joe Ciresi as Scrooge with Michael Thornton, the Ghost of Christmas Present in Steel River’s ‘A Christmas Carol, The Musical.’ ...
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Review: Colonial Playhouse stages a heartwarming ‘Christmas Carol’

Bill Murray as Ebeneezer Scrooge at Colonial Playhouse. By Christina Perryman I have to make a confession. This holiday season, ...
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Review: Quintessence’s ‘My Fair Lady’ is ‘Loverly’ in Mt. Airy

Quintessence Theatre Company’s “My Fair Lady” features Gregory Isaac and Leigha Kato and, at back, Lee Cortopassi and Doug Hara ...
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Review: Ken Ludwig’s comic play ‘Baskerville, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ at the Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3

Bill Van Horn and Ian Merrill Peakes in Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” ...
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Review: Stellar Cast Makes ‘Morning’s At Seven’ Memorable

Peter DeLaurier, Alda Cortese, Janis Dardaris, Marcia Saunders and Carla Belver in “Mornings At Seven” at People’s Light. Photo by ...
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Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ is well done at Colonial Playhouse

By Edna Snidebottom The Colonial Playhouse’s latest offering is as relevant now as when Garson Kanin wrote it back in ...
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Review: ‘Sensitive Guys’ – a world premiere at Interact Theatre feels hauntingly real

Emily Lynn, Bi Jean Ngo and Brett Robinson in a scene from “Sensitive Guys”. Photo by Kate Raines By Margaret ...
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Review: It’s Monkey Business With ‘Trevor’ on the PCS Second Stage

Eric Rupp turns in a fine performance as Trevor the chimpanzee, as does Jess Stinson, who plays a neighbor frightened ...
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Review: ‘Promises, Promises’ – A Zippy ’60s Musical – Is Now On Stage At Spotlight

Swarthmore’s Spotlight Theatre continues their current season with a production of “Promises, Promises” . By Ellen Wilson Dilks Swarthmore’s Spotlight ...
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Review: Once More Theatre takes on ‘Everyman’ in their latest production in Plays and Players’ Black Box

By Margaret Darby Taking on a medieval morality play and playing it for laughs is a daunting task, but Once ...
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Review: Steel River’s ‘Boy’ Is Touching Tribute to Love & Self-Discovery

Steel River Playhouse’s “Boy” is directed by Suki Sauru and stars Jeff Hunsicker (Adam/Samantha) and Carley Martone (Jenny). By J.S ...
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Review: Quintessence Theatre Group’s ‘Godot’: An Exploration of Why—and How—We Wait…

Johnnie Hobbs Jr. and Frank X in Quintessence Theatre Group’s production of “Waiting For Godot”. Photo by Shawn May By ...
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Review: Villanova Theatre Explores a “Post Electric World”—and The Simpsons

Mina Kawahara as Quincy/Bart in “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play”, written by Anne Washburn and directed by Jill Harrison. Photo ...
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