Kiran Pandey is a writer based in Philadelphia. He is also an editorial assistant with Princeton University Press, a crossword constructor with bylines in the New York Times, a high school tutor, and an improviser.
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The Book of I.P., by Chris Courtney Martin
Poetry against the machine
In The Book of I.P., a poetry-and-essay chapbook collection, Philly native Chris Courtney Martin breaks from the strictures of Hollywood to craft a blazing manifesto of art on its own terms. Kiran Pandey reviews.
1812 Productions and Jennifer Childs present Broads
Legendary “naughty” comedy
1812 Productions presents Broads, a hit cabaret that celebrates the bawdiest, boldest, and funniest ladies of the 1920s through the 1960s. Kiran Pandey previews.
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief
How do we document sorrow?
Good Grief, in its regional premiere at Hedgerow Theatre Company, offers a sometimes touching, mostly frustrating, portrayal of grief. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Wilma Theater presents Nathan Alan Davis’s Eternal Life Part 1
The times we create
Eternal Life Part 1, in its world premiere at the Wilma, offers a vision of the near future that is as strange and wondrous as it is relatable. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Henry IV, Part 2
The “Extreme Shakespeare” Henriad continues
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens its 2023 season with Henry IV, Part 2, a joyous restaging that succeeds in ragtag style, despite a few dramatic missteps. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest
The formal tension of Shakespeare’s last storm
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival closes its 2023 season with bold comedic swings and infrequent wonder in an ultimately uneven Tempest. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Theatre in the X presents Charles Fuller’s Zooman and the Sign
Timely, audacious Philly theater
Theatre in the X celebrates its 10th anniversary with Zooman and the Sign, a tremendous rumination on community violence in Philadelphia that is all too resonant today. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Kingfisher Theatre presents Odysseus
Let us tell of a man
Bill George brings Odysseus to the Philly Fringe, a one-man retelling of The Odyssey that captivates in returning the poem to its rhetorical origins. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Denise Stephenson presents Finding Melania
A haunting and hilarious dinner party of the mind
Denise Stephenson invokes the specter of our former First Lady in Finding Melania, a one-woman show at the Philly Fringe that offers a surreal portrait of complicity and alienation. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Spanking Macbeth and Macbeth in a Bar
Where Shakespeare’s never done
The 2023 Philly Fringe takes on Macbeth in two different shows: Spanking Macbeth, an original play, and Macbeth in a Bar, a restaging at Lilly’s Ferry. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents Bruce Graham’s The Philly Fan
The story at the heart of the game
The Philly Fan, in an updated version at Hedgerow Theatre starring playwright Bruce Graham, surveys 50 years of Philadelphia sports through the thoughtful perspective of one man in a bar. Kiran Pandey reviews.
People’s Light presents Steve H. Broadnax III’s Bonez
Social horror on stage
People’s Light brings social horror to the stage with the world premiere of Steve H. Broadnax III’s Bonez, which boasts eerie technical wizardry but is stymied by a script that too often gets in its own way. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit
An eternity of being known
Quintessence Theatre Group conjures a classic vision of hell with Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit in a new translation by Alex Burns. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Arden Theatre Company presents Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me
Breathing in the grip of the framers
Arden Theatre Company presents Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, a play that is as alternately illuminating and frustrating as our founding document. Kiran Pandey reviews.