Mark Cofta was a theater critic for Philadelphia City Paper for a decade until its 2015 demise. He has also written for American Theatre magazine, Backstage: The Theatre Weekly, and other publications, and was awarded a 2010 NEA/USC Fellowship in Arts Journalism. Member, American Theatre Critics Association. Past Barrymore Awards Judge for many seasons. He teaches at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and lives in Ridley Park with his wife Kate and three cats.
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1812 Productions presents its 14th annual 'This Is the Week That Is'
Comedy in the time of Trump
1812 Productions’s 14th annual 'This Is the Week That Is' again parodies politics but with an unapologetically strong point of view. Mark Cofta reviews.
Hedgerow Theatre presents Jared Reed's adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'
No frills, all chills
Hedgerow Theatre's annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ plays for the 26th year, but check out the brief run of artistic director Jared Reed's solo version. Mark Cofta reviews.
Hella Fresh Theater presents John Rosenberg's 'And Then One Feels Great Anxiety'
We could be heroes
John Rosenberg's new play 'And Then One Feels Great Anxiety' features a solo performance by Jenna Kuerzi and helps re-establish Kensington’s Hella Fresh Theater. Mark Cofta reviews.
Lantern Theater Company presents David Ives's 'The Heir Apparent'
The heir down there
The Lantern Theater's solid production of David Ives's 'The Heir Apparent' can't rescue the 1708 French comedy from its own thin humor. Mark Cofta reviews.
People's Light presents Kathryn Petersen and Michael Ogborn's 'Cinderella: a Musical Panto'
Back from the ashes
Over 15 years, People's Light's annual musical panto has nurtured a unique identity that's becoming a beloved tradition. Its delightful 'Cinderella' makes the case. Mark Cofta reviews.
Bryn Mawr College presents Nikolai Gogol's 'The Government Inspector'
Inspecting Bryn Mawr
'The Government Inspector' offers a fine example of Bryn Mawr College's eclectic productions, a well-kept Philly secret. Mark Cofta reviews.
Villanova Theatre presents 'She Loves Me'
Few surprises, great ride
Villanova Theatre's 'She Loves Me' ably shows that this old musical delivers more than seems possible. Mark Cofta reviews.
Azuka Theatre presents JC Lee's 'warplay'
Azuka Theatre's production of JC Lee's 'warplay' shows how the mythical can be personal, and vice versa, in a modern two-man exploration of a classic tale. Mark Cofta reviews.
South Camden Theatre Company presents Lynn Nottage's 'Crumbs from the Table of Joy'
A healthy serving of early Nottage
Lynn Nottage's 'Crumbs from the Table of Joy' at South Camden Theatre Company serves up a satisfying family drama from the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Mark Cofta reviews.
Arden Theatre Company presents Lucas Hnath's 'A Doll's House, Part 2' (first review)
You can't go home again
Lucas Hnath's 'A Doll's House, Part 2' builds on the success of the Arden Theatre Company's splendid 2018 production of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House.' Mark Cofta reviews.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Josh Wilder's 'Salt Pepper Ketchup'
Conflict needs more seasoning
Philly native Josh Wilder's 'Salt Pepper Ketchup' at InterAct Theatre Company contains the ingredients for a powerful gentrification drama, but they never truly satisfy. Mark Cofta reviews.
Wilma Theater presents Anne Washburn's 'Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play'
The Wilma Theater’s 'Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play' challenges audiences to think about big issues through post-apocalyptic survival and 'The Simpsons.' Mark Cofta reviews.
EgoPo Classic Theater presents Nicholas Wright's 'A Human Being Died That Night'
Truth, reconciliation, theater
The enduring lessons of apartheid are explored in Nicholas Wright's harrowing drama 'A Human Being Died That Night,' launching EgoPo Classic Theatre's Theatre of South Africa season. Mark Cofta reviews.
Hedgerow Theatre presents Robinson Jeffers's adaptation of 'Medea'
Revenge served hot
Hedgerow Theatre's 'Medea' sizzles with passion. After over 2,400 years, it still feels ripped from today's headlines. Mark Cofta reviews.
Hella Fresh Theater presents John Rosenberg's 'The Low Cost Mules'
Back in the saddle
Hella Fresh Theater returns to Kensington after a four-year absence with John Rosenberg's 'The Low Cost Mules.' Mark Cofta reviews.