Theater Festivals

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘As the Matzo Ball Turns –...

A ten-year account of the failed pursuit of his Hollywood dreams, Gene Duffy’s As the Matzo Ball Turns – The Musical is an ambitious...

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Pericles’ by Die-Cast at The Rotunda

Brainchild of Director Brenna Geffers and Designer Thom Weaver, the newly-formed Die-Cast makes its public premiere in the 2017 Fringe Festival with an arresting...

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Game Show Show’ by Found Theater...

Seen through the lens of the popular phenomenon of the TV game show, Found Theater Company’s latest ensemble-devised Fringe offering, Game Show Show, considers...

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano’ by...

The banality of bourgeois life, the futile desperation to find meaning in mundane existence, the trivial chatter and vapid clichés used to fill the...

Doing Double Duty in the Philadelphia Fringe: An Interview with Jenna...

Three of the most enthusiastic veterans of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival are each doing not one, but two shows this year. Jenna Kuerzi finishes...

Review: ‘Gruff!’ at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre

Part of the first Summer Family Theater Festival at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Gruff!, a co-presentation by Vital Theatre Company and Doppelskope, is everything that...

Review: ‘Georama’ at the New York Musical Festival

The rise and fall of the largely forgotten 19th-century American artist John Banvard is the subject of Georama, an irresistible bio-musical by West Hyler...

Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the ‘2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival’

From antiquity to the present, tragedy and drama to absurdism and comedy, masterpieces by classic playwrights to experimental ensemble-devised works by local artists, the...

Review: ‘New York – The Melting Pot’ at Soulpepper on 42nd...

The first in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s three-part musical celebration of the history of diversity in New York - The Melting Pot pays tribute...

Review: ‘Night Tide’ at the New York Musical Festival

Ancient sea lore meets Sixties beach party in Night Tide, a new musical parody by Taylor Tash (book and lyrics) and Nathania Wibowo (music),...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Welcome to Fear City’

Fear City is the South Bronx in July 1977. There is nothing particularly unique about that July in that year in that place. Fear, it...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Everything Is Wonderful’

The Amish with their horse and buggy, 19th century culture; their simple, old world uniforms and habits; their infamous Rumspringa where the teenage Amish...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Niceties’

Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties is a political play that takes the gloves off. It's bare knuckled and it's bloody, though no bones are broken...

An Interview with Josh Hitchens and Ryan Walter: Going Dark in...

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer committed the shocking murders of seventeen men, involving necrophilia, dismemberment, cannibalism, and the preservation of the victims’ body...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Byhalia, Mississippi’

Evan Linder‘s Byhalia, Mississippi pulls theatre-goers into familiar territory: the "white trash" world of Laurel and Jim. Once there, however, the unfamiliar takes shape:...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘We Will Not Be Silent’

David Meyers’ We Will Not Be Silent places American audiences within an interrogation room in Nazi Germany in 1943. Leaders of the White Rose,...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Wild Horses’

Last year there was Not Medea; this year there is Wild Horses, Allison Gregory’s rollicking one-woman ride through a 13-year-old’s adventures in horse country. Though...

Review: ‘Alligator Pie’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street

Adapted from the verses of beloved children’s book author and poet Dennis Lee - known to generations of fans as “Canada’s Father Goose” –...

Review: ‘Cage’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street

The avant-garde work and Zen convictions of 20th-century American composer John Cage are the inspiration for Soulpepper Theatre Company’s ensemble-devised piece Cage, performed in this...

Review: ‘Matthew McConaughey Vs The Devil’ at the New York Musical...

Deserving recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actor, or modern-day Faust who sold his soul to capture Hollywood’s biggest honor? Emilie Landmann (book),...

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