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Author Archive | Peter Danelski

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Review: ‘Cirque du Soleil’s OVO’ at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia

Cirque du Soleil has made quite a reputation for themselves. For four decades the company has set out to reinvent circus with bold theatricality and tremendous physical spectacle. Cirque has become synonymous with beautiful visuals and immense, interdisciplinary entertainment. If this is the expectation, OVO delivers. The question then becomes what world will Cirque explore now and […]

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Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Wilma Theater in Philadelphia

Great plays ask great questions. Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, a production finds the inherent questions in a play and interrogates them in ways only theatre can. The Wilma Theater’s production of An Octoroon is one of those occasions. Under the direction of Joanna Settle, the company takes on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of Dion […]

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Review: ‘RetroAct’ at Tangle Movement Arts in Philadelphia

When walking into Tangle Movement Arts’ RetroAct at the Neighborhood House in Philadelphia, there is the immediate feeling that expectations may be defied. There is energetic music playing. Ropes and silks hang from the ceiling. Several trapeze wait, suspended, hinting at what’s to come.  Ultimately, it all feels a little less like theatre and a little […]

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Review: ‘Pippin’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

When walking into the house of Philadelphia’s historic Academy of Music for Pippin, what could, at first, be the theatre’s fire curtain, or possibly the outer edge of a circus tent conceals the stage. From below, the sporadic outbursts of drums or chimes may be heard as the orchestra warms up. The combination lends itself […]

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