C M Crockford

C.M. Crockford

BSR Contributor Since July 25, 2022

C.M. Crockford (he/him) is a neurodivergent writer based in Philadelphia.

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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Book cover. Title in pink at top left. Black & white drawing spoofs Julie Andrews singing in the mountains in Sound of Music

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.
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The floor of the police station: Kern, bruised and bleeding, reaches out to Romano, who bends over with his hands to his head

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.
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A person dressed in a beige suit sits in a chair by a CRT TV with a white screen, a plant in the dimly lit background

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.
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Gold and Soro stand close together in as similar pose, both pointing at and staring at something far away.

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.
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Braithwaite as Felix, a white man sitting on top of his desk looking exhausted. McFillin hesitates in the office door.

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.
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The ensemble onstage: two miming death (one on a couch, one on the floor), and four shocked crew members crowding in a door.

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.
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The Maitlands, Beetlejuice & Lydia appear in a fantastical, misty, purple & green lit house, Beetlejuice in his striped suit.

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.
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A logo with SoLow Fest written over a spiraling, faded background

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.
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Against large rectangular screens with ocean projections, 3 cast members stand & one sits wrapped in a blanket center stage

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.
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White, a Black woman with long, dark hair, grips the microphone and sings passionately.

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.
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Close-up on Cicchetti, a young woman with dark glossy curls, putting her hands to her face and looking up as she sings.

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.
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In a small apartment kitchen in hot purple light, Johnson plants one high-heeled foot on Sesay’s chest from across the table

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.
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