Chris Braak received an M.A. in Theater from Villanova University, and has contributed theatrical reviews and critical essays to numerous outlets, including Broad Street Review, Gawker Media, and Threat Quality Press. He is a critic, novelist, and playwright.
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Hedgerow Theatre Company presents Anton Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’
What did Chekhov know?
Chekhov is the order of the day, and for those who prefer the Russian master in his original flavor, Rose Valley’s Hedgerow presents a classic production of 'Three Sisters,' from Sarah Ruhl's lively 2009 translation. Chris Braak reviews.
The Public Theater's 'Julius Caesar' and the cost of free speech
In the wake of controversy surrounding the Public Theater's Trump-themed 'Julius Caesar,' Chris Braak wonders when it's okay to assassinate your political leaders (onstage).
Curio Theatre Company presents Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'
When is a joke not a joke?
Curio Theatre Company's production of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' goes for the laugh, but is there a punchline or a gut punch? Chris Braak reviews.
Philadelphia Artists' Collective's 'All's Well That Ends Well'
It doesn't end well
Philadelphia Artists' Collective mission is to resurrect rarely performed classics, but is Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well' better off forgotten? Chris Braak reviews.
José Rivera's 'Marisol' and the warnings we missed
Get up, stand up
Chris Braak saw Villanova Theatre's production of José Rivera's 'Marisol,' and had 20/20 hindsight. He asks what place art holds in our current political climate.
Opera Philadelphia's presents 'Breaking the Waves' (second review)
Of vice and men
Chris Braak believes Opera Philadelphia's adaptation of Lars von Trier's 'Breaking the Waves' hits all the right production notes, but all the wrong cultural ones.