Theatre Reviews

(Cast of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" includes, L-R, Charlie DelMarcelle, Megan Bellwoar, and Mary Martello.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

By Bob Nelson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia-based Lantern Theater Company is creating quite a sensation with its current production of Martin McDonaugh’s Tony award-winning satire, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” What we have here […]


(Jennie Eisenhower and Ian Merrill Peakes star in "An Ideal Husband," now playing at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: ‘An Ideal Husband’ Still Funny 100+ Years Later

“An Ideal Husband” is Oscar Wilde’s dramatic masterpiece which originated in 1895 and has been playing, more or less, ever since.


(The Arden Theatre production of "Next To Normal" stars, L-R, Robert Hager, Kristine Fraelich, and James Barry.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: ‘Next To Normal,’ at The Arden

Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre has opened its 25th season with an elaborate production of the 2010 Pulitzer prize-winning musical drama, “Next To Normal.”


(Maia DeSanti and Aubrey Deeker in "Angels in America," at the Wilma Theater.  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: “Angels in America: Perestroika”

If you admire heavyweight theatre, you’ll certainly enjoy the latest attraction at The Wilma Theater.


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Theatre Review: ‘Reasons To Be Pretty,’ at the Suzanne Roberts

A popular play with lots of emotions is currently locked in an engagement of the Philadelphia Theatre Company.


(Anthony Lawton, left, Richard Poe, and Robin Moseley star "The Outgoing Tide," at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  Credit:  Mark Garvin)

Theatre Review: ”The Outgoing Tide,” Drama by Bruce Graham

The play has won honors as Chicago’s “best new play,” and there’s no question it will now attract attention at Philadelphia’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre.


(Eric Hissom is Cyrano and Jessica Cummings is Roxane in the Arden Theatre production.  Photo by Mark Garvin)

Theatre Review: Arden’s Remade ‘Cyrano’ Hits It Right On The Nose

Brace yourself! You are about to be treated to the Arden Theatre’s production of “Cyrano.”


(Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs in "Let's Pretend We're Famous," now at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia.  Photo provided.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

Local Theatre Review: ”Let’s Pretend We’re Famous” Deserves Its Spotlight

No question, Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs are two of the most creative personalities in Philadelphia.


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Theatre Review: ‘Clybourne Park,’ at the Arden, Pays Homage to ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

It’s a weird history of a house, a neighborhood, and the people who’ve come and gone over five decades.


(Grace Gonglewski, Mary Martello, and Dustin Ingram star in "Body Awareness."  Photo by by Alexander Iziliaev, provided by Wilma Theater)

Theatre Review: ”Body Awareness,” at The Wilma

“Body Awareness” centers on two female professors, close friends, one of whom has a young and not-too-brilliant son.


(Don Montrey, Susan Riley Stevens, Tabitha Allen, Scott Greer, Aimé Kelly, and Reuben Mitchell are among the ensemble cast.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: Another Year of ‘The Week That Is’

1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s hard-working, “all comedy” theatre company, has raised the curtain on its sixth annual offering of political satire.


(Mary Martello as Mattie Fae Aiken and Dylan Gelula as Jean Fordham in "August: Osage County," at the Arden Theatre.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

Theatre Review: ‘August: Osage County’ at The Arden

It’s a panorama of occasionally nasty but certainly unforgettable players, recommended for mature audiences in mid-teens and up.


(Paul Schoeffler and Jennifer Hope Wills star in "Aspects of Love," at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: ”Aspects of Love,” at The Walnut

There will be those who see “Aspects of Love” as overworked and sentimental. Still, the stagecraft is strong enough to please many audiences.


(James Braly stars in "Life in a Marital Institution," now at the Wilma Theater.  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: James Braly’s ‘Life In A Marital Institution,’ at The Wilma

What we have here is James Braly’s narrative of the rise and fall of his romance and marriage, along with stormy matters relating to family and friends.


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Theatre Review: ‘Ruined,’ at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is concluding its current mainstage season with Lynn Nottage’s energetically produced Pulitizer Prize-winning drama set against the ugly civil war in the Congo.