Author Archive | Tim Dunleavy

Trevor William Fayle and Susanne Collins. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Review: ‘Lost Girls’ at Theatre Exile

For Maggie, life has been, ever since childhood, one crisis after another. Now, as a winter storm is blanketing her New Hampshire hometown, several more crises have struck at once: her car has been stolen; her rebellious 16-year-old daughter Erica has fled town – with that car; and without that car, and without any way […]

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Brian McCann and Paul Kuhn. Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas.

Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at Curio Theatre Company

Waiting for Godot is generally considered a comedy. Samuel Beckett himself called this, his most famous play, a “tragicomedy.” But its reputation as an important, monumental piece of art can have a way of choking off the laughs. I’ve seen tedious productions that left me scratching my head and asking “What’s so funny?” If the […]

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Samantha Rosentrater. Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Review: ‘Grand Concourse’ at Theatre Horizon

Heidi Schreck’s fascinating play Grand Concourse is set in a church soup kitchen, among people who need a hand and those who help them. The play deals with poverty, but its biggest concern is the people who work in this field, devoting their lives to helping others and giving of themselves. What happens to the […]

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Anna Zaida Szapiro. Photo by Dave Sarrafian.

Review: ‘The Seagull’ at EgoPo Classic Theater

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is one of the most durable of all 19th century plays. But it’s a play that producers, directors, and playwrights love to tinker with. In the last few years, audiences in Philadelphia and New York have been presented with updated rewrites of the work (including a musical version) rather than the original. EgoPo […]

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Review: ‘Marcus/Emma’ at InterAct Theatre Company

Marcus Garvey and Emma Goldman were known for their stirring, provocative speeches. But I doubt that, in any of her speeches, Goldman ever said anything as provocative as “Solidarity is sexy! Yeah!” Or that Garvey ever pointed to himself and said “You can’t deport this. You can’t deport this raw sex power.” Mary Tuomanen’s play […]

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Sarah Gliko and Jered McLenigan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Review: ‘Constellations’ at The Wilma Theater

In Constellations, what happens is just as important as what might have happened. Nick Payne’s play concerns two young people who meet, fall in love, quarrel, break up, reunite, get engaged, and deal with a life-changing disease. Or maybe not. Maybe none of that happens. Or only some of it does. And that’s what makes […]

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Samantha Bowling and Kittson O'Neill. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Review: ‘Informed Consent’ at Lantern Theater Company

Jillian, the main character of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play Informed Consent, is a genetic anthropologist – a scientist who has studied DNA for years and is still amazed at what she learns from it. She marvels at what DNA tells us about how similar people are. “All humans are 99.9 percent the same genetically,” she […]

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Review: The Arden Cabaret Series: ‘Tell Me A Story: ’Tis the Season’ at the Arden Theatre

Since its introduction last season, the Arden Theatre’s cabaret season has provided a dependable stream of the city’s best performers providing old songs, new songs, and comedy. But the latest entry in the series was something else altogether. On Saturday night, the Arden presented a one-night event called Tell Me A Story: ’Tis the Season. […]

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Players Club of Swarthmore

The Players Club of Swarthmore’s new production of Mary Poppins may surprise some devoted fans of the movie. This stage adaptation, which had a successful run on Broadway a decade ago, isn’t a slavish imitation of the classic Disney movie; considering the movie’s animated sequences, that would be quite hard to pull off. The stage […]

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Wajdi Mouawad in Seuls. Photo by Thibaut Baron.

Review: ‘Seuls’ at The Wilma Theater

In the opening moments of Seuls, Wajdi Mouawad takes to the stage wearing only black briefs and eyeglasses. The purpose of the show we’re about to see, he informs the audience, is to examine “our ability to live together and put up with our differences.” He also says he seeks to answer some big philosophical […]

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‘Found’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company

They say people don’t write letters anymore, but I don’t think that’s true. So says the leading character in the opening moments of Found, an offbeat comic musical that puts as much emphasis on the written word as on the spoken (or sung) word. Found was inspired by the story of Davy Rothbart, who, over […]

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