C.M. Crockford is an autistic/ADHD writer whose essays, poetry, and stories have been published in InsideHook, Neologism Poetry Journal, and Flash Frog among others. His second chapbook Mark The Place was released in 2020 by ThirtyWest Publishing. At the moment, Crockford lives in West Philadelphia with his cat Wally, but he's been all over. You can find more of his work at www.cmcrockford.com.
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These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things, by Shannon Frost Greenstein
The sound of my anxieties
Philadelphia writer Shannon Frost Greenstein’s new poetry collection, These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things, chronicles a 21st-century life in which terror is part of daily existence. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman
The stories we live on
Hedgerow’s production of Martin McDonagh’s disturbing and thought-provoking drama The Pillowman is a worthy Philly-area destination this October. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Opera Philadelphia presents David T. Little’s Black Lodge
Accepting your dark side
Opera Philadelphia brings its dark existential opera film to theaters this weekend. C. M. Crockford previews.
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents Zinnie Harris’s Meet Me at Dawn
Beyond the coastline
Inis Nua brings a popular Scottish playwright to the Philly stage with Meet Me at Dawn, but the performance is more moving than satisfying. C. M. Crockford reviews.
Act II Playhouse presents Craig Wright’s Mistakes Were Made
The show must go on
Director and star Tony Braithwaite shines in Act II Playhouse’s Mistakes Were Made, a surprisingly emotional farce about the chaotic, horrible, hilarious reality of being a Broadway producer. C.M. Crockford reviews.
1812 Productions presents Theatre Mischief’s The Play That Goes Wrong
Should the show go on?
1812’s The Play that Goes Wrong, onstage at Plays & Players, brings the hilarity when things go egregiously, deliriously bad. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Schubert Organization present Beetlejuice
Not so strange and unusual
The national Broadway tour of Beetlejuice, the musical, stopping at the Academy of Music through Sunday, June 11, sands the dark edges off the original in favor of feel-good clichés. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Putting on a show with the 2023 SoLow Festival
Exploring the concept of “mess”
The SoLow Festival is an accessible local arts festival that doesn’t put financial pressure on the artists. This year, it’s exploring the concept of rest. C.M. Crockford previews.
Penn Live Arts and The Acting Company present Lisa Peterson's The Odyssey
Modern exiles on the wine-dark sea
A powerful new retelling of The Odyssey, based on UPenn professor Emily Wilson’s translation, stops in Philly on its national tour, with New Jersey dates coming in November. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Whitney White’s Macbeth in Stride
A fun but flawed feminist take on the Scottish play
Macbeth in Stride, a new adaptation of the Shakespeare classic now onstage at Philadelphia Theatre Company, rocks but doesn’t dig its daggers deep enough. C.M. Crockford reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents The Fantasticks
Try to remember
In Quintessence Theatre Group’s December production of The Fantasticks, complex poetries meet deceptively simple story and design, honoring both youthful sparks and older gratitude. C.M. Crockford reviews.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Jahna Ferron-Smith's Step Mom, Step Mom, Step Mom
A standout blend of kink, farce, and drama
The world premiere of Jahna Ferron-Smith’s Step Mom, Step Mom, Step Mom, now onstage at InterAct, follows a Black woman and a white man navigating the sexual and racial dynamics of their marriage. C.M. Crockford reviews.